From Fox News.
The three Americans who helped thwart a massacre on board a high-speed European train were awarded the Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), France’s highest decoration, by the country’s president Monday.
U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their longtime friend Anthony Sadler were honored for tackling and subduing a suspected Islamist militant carrying an AK-47 on the Paris-bound train Friday. British businessman Chris Norman, who helped Stone, Skarlatos, and Sadler subdue the would-be gunman, also received the medal.
French President Francois Hollande praised the actions of the three men, saying “You behaved as soldiers but also as responsible men.” Hollande added that the men demonstrated “that faced with terror, we have the power to resist … You also gave a lesson in courage, in will, and thus in hope.”
It was an unusual ceremony for the French president’s office too, as dozens of photographers loudly shouted out the Americans’ names as they approached Hollande standing on the steps of the palace– unlike the quieter, more-subdued welcome for visiting heads of state. The four men listened to a translation of Hollande’s speech through earpieces, and the visibly proud mothers of Stone and Skarlatos looked on.
……Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday the U.S. military services are considering “appropriate awards to recognize their heroic actions.” Those recommendations would be up to each individual service. He added that it also will be up to each service’s uniform regulations to determine whether Stone and Skarlatos can wear the Legion of Honor; generally foreign awards are not worn except “under certain circumstances when you’re in dress uniform.”
……On Monday, Hollande said that with Skarlatos’ words, a “veritable carnage” was avoided.
“Since Friday, the entire world admires your courage, your sangfroid, your spirit of solidarity,” the French president said. “This is what allowed you to with bare hands — your bare hands — to subdue an armed man. This must be an example for all, and a source of inspiration.”
Stone is also credited with saving a French-American teacher wounded in the neck with a gunshot wound and squirting blood. On Sunday, Stone described matter-of-factly that he “just stuck two of my fingers in his hole and found what I thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped.” He said he kept the position until paramedics arrived.
……Asked if there were lessons, Sadler had one for all who find themselves in the face of a choice.
“Do something,” he said. “Hiding, or sitting back, is not going to accomplish anything. And the gunman would’ve been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up. So I just want that lesson to be learned going forward, in times of, like, terror like that, please do something. Don’t just stand by and watch.”
The muzzie terrorist in question, Moroccan-born Ayoub El-Khazzani, was just ‘hungry’ according to his attorney:
……His lawyer, Sophie David, told Le Monde newspaper the gunman is ill-educated, emaciated, and told her he had spent the past six months traveling between Belgium, Germany and Austria, as well as France and Andorra. She said he told her he only intended to rob the train with a cache of guns he came across in a public garden near the train station and is “dumbfounded” that it is being treated as an act of terrorism.
Yeah, the little shitbag conveniently found a cache of weapons outside the train station. I’m guessing it was left there for him to use.
All three of those guys deserve accolades. They saved an entire train full of people from an Islamic-inspired bloodbath.