Vernon Foster, front, with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 714th Tank Battalion (U.S. Army/Johns Hopkins University)

Vernon Foster, a centenarian, World War II tank commander and retired Baltimore County dairy farmer is now a French knight.

Foster, 100, fought the Nazis in France and Germany during the war from his Sherman tank "Dottie," named after his wife.

He received the French Legion of Honor badge at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honor is the highest French order of distinction for military and civil merits.

The country has previously honored other American veterans who helped liberate the country from Germany in World War II.

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