Six World War II veterans were awarded French Legion of Honor for their roles in helping to liberate France from Nazi domination.
They were presented the nation's highest and most prestigious award Monday at a ceremony in Alamo Plaza.
The men were given the honor by Sujiro Seam, the consul general of France.
"They were on the beaches of Normandy or the south of France. They fought in the most difficult parts," said Marie-Laure, who handles applications for the Legion of Honor.
She said most who deserve it, are difficult to find after nearly 70 years, so they and their families are encouraged to apply.
Among the recipients was Robert Parker, who said, "It's just unbelievable. I'm so grateful to France. I just loved the people there and I loved my service there."
Raul Villagran, another recipient, said. "I think it's just wonderful. I feel it's just for everybody that did the same thing we did."