Military to honor heros of French train terror attack
The Army announced Tuesday night that it will award Spc. Aleksander Skarlatos of the Oregon National Guard the Soldier's Medal for his actions to stop a gunman last week on a Paris train.These men are certainly deserving of the medals. They represent the best of young Americans willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.
The Soldier's Medal is the highest award for bravery outside of combat, the Army statement said.
"On behalf of our Army, I commend Specialist Aleksander Skarlatos for his heroic actions Friday that saved hundreds of lives by awarding him the Soldier's Medal," said Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army. "His extraordinarily heroic effort, at the risk to his own life, truly exemplifies our Army values. I am proud to call you a hero and a soldier."
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone also assisted in subduing the gunman. The Air Force announced Monday that he would receive the Airman's Medal, that service's highest non-combat bravery award.
Stone, Skarlatos and their civilian childhood friend Anthony Sadler received the French Legion of Honor, France's highest recognition, in a ceremony on Monday.