Here is what three Americans did to prevent a train massacre a couple of days ago:
A Kalashnikov assault weapon with nine magazines of ammunition, a Luger automatic pistol with extra ammo and a box cutter were carried by the man who attempted to attack a packed high-speed passenger train, according to the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, on Saturday.
With that kind of firepower, a massacre might have occurred if three American friends traveling together and a British passenger had not tackled, beaten and tied up the suspect, authorities say.
Of the Americans, two are U.S. service members. Spencer Stone serves in the Air Force and Alek Skarlatos is a member of the Oregon National Guard. The third American is Anthony Sadler, a college student.
The train was speeding through Belgium when the man emerged from the train bathroom, shirtless with an AK 47 slung over his shoulder, according to the Americans.
The three men responded quickly and prevented a deadly attack on the high-speed Thalys train.
“My friend Alek (Skarlatos) yells, ‘Get him,’ so my friend Spencer (Stone) immediately gets up to charge the guy, followed by Alek, then myself,” Anthony Sadler said.
“By their courage, they saved lives,” President François Hollande said. “They gave us an example of what is possible to do in these kinds of situations.”
Today the French government has shocked the American people by recognizing the bravery, selfless service, duty, and courage that our service members showed when they were willing to die to save the lives of innocent people. For their actions, all three Americas were awarded The Legion of Honor — France’s highest recognition.
As an American soldier, I am beyond proud of those service members for their actions to prevent another terrorist attack, but I can’t help to ask myself… what will the Obama administration do to honor them?
Honestly – I think nothing; Obama has shown us that when our military does the right thing, it doesn’t deserve an award or recognition.
I’m not saying we should award them the Congressional Medal of Honor, but for once, give our service members some recognition. A press conference or a simple pat on the back will do. But we all know is – sadly, that’s never going to happen.