"Believe it or not, he was pastor of a church there," he said. "I went and we talked later. He told me the school was going to kick out three or four kids and I was probably included, but he went to bat for me and kept me from getting kicked out."
After the Navy, Cochran returned to Glendale and opened an auto-repair business. He has two children, Monty Cochran and Tana Bistagne, and six grandsons.
"Only three from my class are left and we try to get together every year," Cochran said. "I'm 85 now, and weigh about the same as when I graduated."