Spc. Alek Skarlatos will receive the Soldier’s Medal for helping subdue an armed attacker who opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. Skarlatos, who is a member of the Oregon National Guard, and his friends, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, were on vacation when they encountered the gunman on the train. Skarlatos is assigned to 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. The three friends rushed the gunman, who was armed with an AK-47, a handgun and a box cutter, subduing him.
It should be a Bronze Star with V device. But the Soldier’s Medal is certainly nothing to sneeze at. His friend and accomplice A1C Stone is slated to receive the Airman’s Medal, the Air Force equivalent.
One wonders how we expect to win the fight against Islamist extremist terrorists when we cannot even name it?