Most of us (thank goodness) will never be faced with what these three brave American’s had to endure, and for the first time they’re speaking out about the terrorist assault on that passenger train, and of their heroic act in taking down and disarming the armed terrorist.

Airman Spencer Stone recounted to reporters how he awoke from a deep sleep to find 25-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani holding an assault rifle that: “…looked like it was jammed and it wasn’t working.”

It was at that moment that he and two of his friends decided to rush the attacker and take him down, however El-Khazzani wasn’t going down without a fight and kept pulling out weapons from his bag, stabbing Stone in the neck and slicing off his thumb, before finally  being beaten into submission.

Luckily doctors at a hospital in Lille, France, were able to surgically reattach the thumb. Stone told reporters in attendance that his thumb wasn’t his top priority:  “I was thinking about survival. It was to survive and for everybody else on the train to make it.”

National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos noted that it was his military training that helped him fight El-Khazzani: “In the beginning it was mostly gut instinct, survival. Our training kicked in after the struggle,” he said.

Spencer Stone is a true American hero. As long as there are people like Mr. Stone to stand up against terrorism the United States will prevail.

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