Five World War II veterans from Indiana are among seven named knights of the French Legion of Honor.
The medals were presented today during a ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis.
The Indiana veterans -- all in their 80s -- are Paul Moxley of Indianapolis, Clyde Cutrell of Newport, Arlis Sizemore of Logansport, Billy Wells of Linton, and Jack Wilson of Rockport. Also receiving medals were Calvin Maginel from Illinois and Lenwood Shirell from Kentucky.
France considers them heroes for helping free that country from Germany during the war.
Napoleon Bonaparte established the Legion of Honor in 1802 as the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France.