ALEK Skarlatos must have thought the danger from Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen was behind him.
The young National Guard reservist wrapped up a tour of duty to Afghanistan in June and was in Europe to decompress for a month with friends, according to relatives.
He had spent 10 days in Germany before meeting up in Amsterdam with Spencer Stone, a friend from their shared childhood in California, earlier this week and boarding the train to France on Friday.
It was Mr Skarlatos who led his friends into action with a yell of "Get him" as he saw a gunman emerging from the train lavatory.
"I just got back from Afghanistan last month, and this was my vacation from Afghanistan," said the 22-year-old in a matter-of-fact way after helping thwart an apparent terror attack.
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