Americans and Briton Who Thwarted Muslim Terror Attack Receive Top French Honor

PARIS — The weather in Paris was rainy and gray, but for three Americans ending their European vacation in the most unexpected of ways, the gilded halls of the Élysée Palace must have felt bright enough.

President François Hollande of France on Monday awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, to Airman First Class Spencer Stone, 23; Alek Skarlatos, 22, a specialist in the Oregon National Guard; and their friend Anthony Sadler, 23, for their role in stopping a gunman on a high-speed train traveling to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday.

  • simus1

    He should award some “medals” to the Belgian and French security service bunglers and also to the cowardly train staff for their unhelpful nonefforts.

  • Blacksmith

    In all the crap news stories we read it is nice to read about some heroes once in a while. I applaud these men for doing the right thing.

  • John

    Imagine a coward like Hollande handing out medals for bravery…

    His head looks too big for his body.

    • Maggat

      That’s ’cause his ass is in his head as well as his brain.

  • Linda1000

    It’s nice that the French gov’t. is recognizing the heros who took out the shooter. The best reward the French could give these three young men and the Brit would be to lock up the rifle-toting jihadi terrorist for life. They risked their lives taking down the gunman to save a whole train full of passengers. Next time the French won’t be so lucky to have Americans around to save their sorry asses.

  • Attention France:

    This was a lesson. Please follow this example.

    You may not get a second chance.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It appears that this incident has awakened the European subconscious over Americans rescuing that continent from the Nazis.

  • Dana Garcia

    The hometown paper (Sacramento Bee) wrote about the family background. All three attended a Christian middle school together.

  • Xavier

    That’s a hell of a lot more respect than they’ll get from Obama.

  • Maggat

    One can always count on the English Speaking People of the world doing the right thing.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Remember their example for the next time this happens, surrender monkeys.