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Americans, Briton who thwarted attack get France's top honor

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We actually have a lot of Americans who could have handled a situation like this similarly.

Unfortunately it takes much more violence, guns and heartache at home to create them than its worth to have them around. People raised in a state of emergency tend to learn the skills to handle emergencies. And no, you can't chalk this up to military experience alone.

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Good job it didn't happen in Japan.

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"I will pin dis medaille on you, Americaine first...den I will give it to you, Brit..."...something like that...don't think Hollande speaks engrish

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Good job!

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Well done!

People raised in a state of emergency tend to learn the skills to handle emergencies. And no, you can't chalk this up to military experience alone.

You are right.

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Well done Chris Norman... shows that even ordinary people can be heroes - you don't need military training to thwart a terror attack, just the determination to survive.

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And what of U.S professor Mark Moogalian? The first passenger who wrestled the gunman coming out of the toilet and was shot. Looks like he's been overlooked.

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And now they will become TARGETS of revenge for thwarting the attack.

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Very, very proud of these brave Americans. Great role models for all of us. Thank you, gentlemen. Hemingway defined courage as "grace under pressure." They fulfilled his definition.

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Good.

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CrazyJoe: "Very, very proud of these brave Americans."

Not the Brit? I'm proud of all of them, and they all deserve medals and to be called heroes. Agree with the rest of your post, though.

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wanderlust: And what of U.S professor Mark Moogalian? The first passenger who wrestled the gunman coming out of the toilet and was shot. Looks like he's been overlooked.

Mark Moogalian was shot in the neck, massive blood loss, still in hospital, and Damien A. "wants to remain anonymous", so they weren't on the podium, but both are also receiving the award, according to this:

http://heavy.com/news/2015/08/mark-moogalian-damien-a-thalys-france-paris-belgium-train-attack-heroes-legion-medal-terrorist-gunman-sorbonne-spencer-stone-skarlatos/

There are two more heroes in the Belgium train attack who have remained a mystery. Mark Moogalian, whose name was just released, and Damien A., who wants to remain anonymous, were the first two men to attack the gunman on the train speeding between Amsterdam and France. Moogalian’s name has just been released to the media. These two men will also receive Legion d’Honneur medals. Although they were not able to stop the gunman, they tried to wrestle him down and Moogalian was able to briefly take possession of the assault rifle.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Regardless of their nationalities, what they all did was brave and noble. This could have been tragic but they all stepped up and made the decision to act. We could all learn a lot from these fine men! I will comment that the Americans were the ones who sustained a majority of the threatening injuries and was it not for the medical attention administered by Stone, Professor Moogalian would not have survived and bled out from arterial bleeding.

For me this is shocking because I was on a different hi-speed train headed to Paris on the same day! This could of easily been my train.. the threat is real and we must all be vigilant.

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@smithinjapan

I'm proud of them all. I unintentionally left him (British) out.

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These guys are absolutely amazing, they could've been killed and yet, they still did what they thought was right in order to save lives. Wish there would be more people like them.

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For once I agree fully with you Bass. Heroes in the true sense of the word, not the throwaway meaning that so many people use these days.

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