Soldier Receives Medal Of Honor For Role In ‘Daring Rescue’; Helped Save Around 70 Hostages From ISIS

Soldier Receives Medal Of Honor For Role In ‘Daring Rescue’; Helped Save Around 70 Hostages From ISIS


President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to a soldier in the U.S. Army on Friday afternoon for his role in helping to save roughly 70 captives held by the Islamic State for execution back in 2015. The president referred to the mission, which involved freeing Kurdish prisoners, as “one of the largest and most daring rescue missions in American history.”

First Sergeant Thomas P. Payne, 36, received the award in a ceremony at the White House on September 11, 2020, during which the president praised his actions and called him a “warrior who has devoted the last two decades to fighting the forces of terror.”

“As soon as the ramp to his helicopter went down, Pat rushed into a blistering hail of gunfire,” said Trump, explaining the mission to ceremony attendees. “Pat and his team swiftly overpowered the enemy, secured the building, and freed 38 of the hostages.”

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“Then Pat received word that the rest of the

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