Robert Garrett served as a paratrooper in WWII and and helped liberate France.
After the war, he went on to live in Washington County and had two kids and three grand children.
But it wasn't until last week that the 87 year-old was honored by France for his service.
It happened at a ceremony in Columbus, in front a large crowd.
"There were all these people starin' at me and I was already shook up by that time, I was overwhelmed really," Garrett said.
And some pretty high profile people were present.
"I said Governor Kasich, I'm not looking for a job or anything, but I do want you to know I voted for ya," said Garrett. "He got the biggest bang out of that.... So, the atmosphere was really perfect for what was going to happen."
Another WWII vet joined Garrett to receive the award, and the Warren Township man humbly tried to divert the attention from himself.
"I am not a hero, but I served with a band of heroes," said Garrett. "I pointed my hand over and said one of them's here today."
And although he received the highest honor France gives foreign soldiers, he said he was just doing his job.