Magazine article VFW Magazine

Recognizing American Heroism in France

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Recognizing American Heroism in France

Article excerpt

In August, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos and college student Anthony Sadler saved countless lives on a Paris-bound train near Arras, France. The threesome, along with two others, overpowered a heavily armed Moroccan Islamist terrorist bent on perpetrating a mass atrocity. The culprit had trained in Jihadist camps in Syria.

French President Francois Hollande wasted no time in awarding them France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, in an elaborate ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. "This must be an example for all and a source of inspiration," he said.

At home, Stone received the Airman's Medal and Skarlatos the Soldier's Medal, the highest awards for courage in a "peacetime" "non-combat" situation. Skarlatos, a member of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, had just returned from Afghanistan in July after serving there for nine months.

Stone suffered severe stab wounds. …

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