Shreveport man receives Legion of Honor

William Hines, a World War II veteran, has been declared "forever one of France's heroes" while receiving the French Legion of Honor.

Consul General of France in Louisiana Jean-Claude Brunet presented the medal to the 85-year-old on Friday. The Legion of Honor is the highest French distinction and was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of great merit and accomplishments.

Hines, who was assigned to C Company, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, received the honor for not just a single deed but several actions that helped liberate France from the Nazis during World War II.

Brunet told Hines that the French people would not forget what he and his comrades had done.