President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Honor to Army sergeant major Thomas “Patrick” Payne on Friday, five years after he saved 75 hostages from being executed by ISIS fighters in Iraq.
Payne freed the hostages after sprinting through a burning ISIS-held building as terrorist detonated suicide vests in nearby rooms, Trump said. Grabbing a pair of bolt cutters, he cut locks off the doors trapping dozens of hostages, running back into the building to save more people even against orders to evacuate the area.
“I want you to know that your dad is one of the bravest men anywhere in the world,” Trump told Payne’s daughter, Erin. (RELATED: 9/11 Moment Of Silence Moved Up Because Obama Was Impatient)
Pres Trump clasps the Medal of Honor around the neck of Sergeant Major Thomas “Pat” Payne, for his valor and intrepidity which serving in combat in Iraq in 2015. Payne currently serves as an instructor at the US Army Special Operations Command. pic.twitter.com/EjTguSRFty
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 11, 2020
Payne has served 17 deployments and now serves at the U.S. Army special Operations Command as a training instructor. He was first wounded in Iraq when