Nidal Malik Hasan

California airman who thwarted train attack will get Purple Heart

WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will personally hang the Purple Heart around the neck of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, the Carmichael, Calif., native hailed as a hero for having helped thwart a gunman's rampage on a French train last month.

In addition to receiving the military medal for combat wounds, Stone will be promoted two ranks, bypassing the level of senior airman to reach staff sergeant, an upgrade worth an extra $380 a month in pay. The promotion is to take effect by November.

Carter and Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will honor Stone along with his childhood Sacramento-area friends, Oregon National Guard...