Hommeril came to Cumming to award the 95-year old the Legion of Honor, created by Napoleon.
"It is always wonderful to be remembered for a service you performed,” Nelson said.
And what a service. David was 19 when he stormed the beaches of Normandy. He fought his way across France with the U.S. Third Army, and distinguished himself in battle over and over.
"I was very proud of him, and I'm proud of France,” wife Lillouise Nelson said. His bride has been by his side for 72 years. This was a moment she says they’ll always remember. A celebration for a hero. Part of America’s Greatest Generation. David says he’d serve again. He is proud to be an American. "This is one wonderful country,” Nelson said.
David is in good company. Generals Eisenhower, MacArthur, and George Patton also received the Legion of Honor from France.