France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy has appointed Austin’s Bern Ballard, a 91 year-old WW II veteran, as “Chevalier” as a token of their gratitude for his role with the United States in the liberation of France during the war. “I rank it at least up there with my Purple Heart. It’s a honor, I just wonder why me Lord, why me.” said Ballard, who lives in Central Austin. Ballard holds his French medal on top of his collections of medals.

Photo by Ralph Barrera

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