- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

U.S. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who is now considered a hero after he took down a gunman on aug. 21 aboard a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris, will be promoted to staff sergeant, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced Tuesday.

His promotion, by Nov. 1, comes in addition to the Purple Heart and Airman’s Medal that Mr. Stone will receive Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Stone, 23, said he fully expected to be killed when he charged the gunman on the train.

“I didn’t think I was going to make it — at all,” he said, the Air Force Times reported. “So I was very shocked when I hit him.”

Mr. Stone and two friends — Army Spc. Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler — were proclaimed heroes for taking down the gunman while traveling on vacation.

During the incident, Mr. Stone was stabbed with a box cutter less than two inches from his carotid artery and almost had his thumb severed.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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