88-year-old becomes Eagle Scout

Seventy years after completing the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, Walter Hart finally received the Eagle Scout award on Saturday.

The 88-year-old man from Lehigh Acres, Fla., finished the merit badges and other requirements to earn Scouting’s highest honor back in the 1940s, but he joined the Navy to fight in World War II before he could be awarded Eagle Scout.

Last year, he found the paperwork showing that he had earned the badge and contacted Scout officials to see if he could still receive it. The Eagle Scout Award was presented to him on Saturday.

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17 Responses to “88-year-old becomes Eagle Scout”

  1. Newbie
    July 31, 2007 at 3:02 pm #

    Woo. He completed the requirements in in the 40′s and didn’t get the reward untill now? I knew you stay an Eagle Scout after you leave scouting, but this is redicuoalus!

  2. Sceptile
    July 31, 2007 at 3:34 pm #

    I wonder if he got really impatient.

  3. T-foot
    July 31, 2007 at 8:06 pm #

    The 40s geese, Is that a world record or what!!??

  4. kaboom915
    July 31, 2007 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey you earn what you earn

  5. corky
    August 1, 2007 at 8:28 am #

    cool :-)

  6. 007
    August 1, 2007 at 9:40 am #

    the man that got the eagle badge must have been the oldest person to receive their eagle

  7. Lyme Marine
    August 1, 2007 at 6:12 pm #

    Once an Eagle, always an Eagle. Thank you Walter for your service in Scouting, but more important, your service to our Country. Without you and thousands of other men and women who wore the military uniform, Scouting in this country would not be like it is today. From an old Marine to a young Sailor, Semper Fi.

  8. worried scout
    August 1, 2007 at 7:32 pm #

    When he was fighting,they sould have sent it to his house.70 years that is ridiclous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Tono
    August 1, 2007 at 7:45 pm #

    007 you put the wrong name and i don’t think that is true at the record thing

  10. *******
    August 2, 2007 at 4:50 pm #

    he couldve died before he got to be an eagle.

  11. someone
    August 3, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    Better look though those papers again – Might have gotten some Merit badges, too! :)

  12. Goodeagle00
    August 19, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    70 Years that teaches Responsibility.

  13. D-dog
    November 20, 2007 at 6:48 pm #

    My dad is a marine and it would be sad if he didn’t get his badges he earned

    I think it is awesome that you got your Eagle Scout Badge!

    I am working on my Webelos Badge I can’t wait!

    any how I think you ROCK!!!!!!!! And I also wish you a Wonderful Thanksgiving

    and may GOD Bless and Watch over you and Take Care of you Because you

    DESIRVE IT! and I hope you have a VERY,MARRY CHRISTMAS and an

    AWESOME NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Later Scout

  14. Jim
    September 4, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    I was happy to read the article on the 88 year old man who finally received his Eagle Award. Thank You for fighting for our country. Thank You for the service that you provided to others during your time as a scout. Thank You for demonstrating the will and determination to obtain your Eagle Award something that you earned a long time ago. God Bless You.

  15. Ms Mom
    January 29, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    I am proud he has received his Eagle Award. Once an Eagle always an Eagle. God bless you for your time in the service. May your family be as proud of you as I.

  16. woyo12
    September 10, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I wonder if the uniform still fits him?

  17. ninja of t-14
    January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    can u imagine the merit badges this guy could have gotton in 70 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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