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President Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Army Vet Who Freed Hostages

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Posted: Sep 11, 2020 5:30 PM
President Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Army Vet Who Freed Hostages

Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne, of the Army, on Friday afternoon. In 2015, then-Sergeant First Class Payne headed a team that managed to liberate 75 hostages in Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The president called the rescue mission, “one of the largest and most daring.”

“It was one of the largest and most daring rescue missions in American history. Pat and his team rescued 75 captives and killed 20 ISIS terrorists,” the president said. “Pat, you embody the righteous glory of American valor. We stand in awe of your heroic, daring and gallant deeds. You truly went above and beyond the call of duty to earn our nation’s highest military honor.”

Sergeant Payne was inspired to join the Armed forces after the unspeakable terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.