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President Trump bestows Medal of Honor on soldier for role in daring Iraq hostage rescue: ‘One of the bravest men anywhere in the world’
Orlando Sentinel, Sep 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on a U.S. soldier Friday, calling him “one of the bravest men anywhere in the world” for his role in a daring 2015 mission to rescue dozens of hostages who were set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Trump picked the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to honor Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, who negotiated a barrage of enemy gunfire and repeatedly entered a burning building in a harrowing effort that saved more than 70 hostages. The president said that Payne, who was in high school on 9/11, and his classmates learned about the attacks on the United States from a teacher who solemnly relayed what had happened.

“In that moment, Pat was called to action,” Trump said. “He knew that his country needed him.”

Payne, 36, was assigned to lead a team clearing one of two buildings known to house hostages in a nighttime operation in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk. The Oct. 22, 2015, raid quickly became complicated.

Kurdish forces working with U.S. troops attempted to blast a hole in the compound’s outer wall, but the blast failed. The explosion alerted the ISIS militants, who opened fire on the Kurdish forces.

Payne, a sergeant first class at the time of the mission, and his unit climbed over a wall to enter the prison compound. The soldiers quickly cleared one of the two buildings. Once inside the building, the unit encountered enemy resistance. The team used bolt cutters to break the locks off the prison doors, freeing 38 hostages, according to the White House.

Moments later, an urgent call over the radio came from other task force members engaged in an intense gun fight at the second building.  Between 10 to 20 Army soldiers, including Payne and Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, headed toward the second building that was partially on fire. Kurdish commandos were pinned down by the gunfire.

Wheeler was shot and killed, the first American killed in action since the U.S. launched renewed military intervention in Iraq against the Islamic State in 2014. Twenty ISIS fighters also were killed in the operation.

Payne called his fellow soldiers actions on that day “awe-inspiring.” “It makes me proud to be an American,” he said. Their legacies live on in this Medal of Honor."

The team scaled a ladder onto the roof of the one-story building under machine-gun fire. From their roof-top vantage, the commandos engaged the enemy with hand grenades and small arms fire, according to an official account.  At that point, ISIS fighters began to detonate their suicide vests, causing the roof to shake, Payne said in a statement.

ISIS fighters continued to exchange gunfire with the commandos as they entered the building. Once the door was kicked opened, both American and Kurdish commandos escorted dozens more hostages out of the burning building.

Payne reentered the building two more times to ensure every hostage was freed. He had to forcibly remove one of the hostages who was too frightened to move.


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Incredible and awe-inspiring.  :patriot:
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Incredible and awe-inspiring.  :patriot:

 :yowsa: Absolutely!  That man deserves adulation FAR more than any movie star or pro athlete.

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Deployed 17 times, Sgt. Maj. Payne received the Medal of Honor moments ago at the @WhiteHouse. His courage is as contagious to those watching the @POTUS present the medal as it was on the battlefield.

Video:  https://twitter.com/EsperDoD/status/1304505318370574341
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I just love the new/old WW11 uniform...

Me, too.   happy77
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Once again,proof you can't tell what or who you are dealing with by looking.

For those of you who have never been in the army,if you are an enlisted soldier Sargent Majors are number ONE on the list of people you don't screw with. Even if you are an officer,you had better be a Colonel with connections to cross one.

That rank is not something the army gives away.
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Once again,proof you can't tell what or who you are dealing with by looking.

For those of you who have never been in the army,if you are an enlisted soldier Sargent Majors are number ONE on the list of people you don't screw with. Even if you are an officer,you had better be a Colonel with connections to cross one.

That rank is not something the army gives away.

Did not know this @sneakypete   --- But now I'll not forget it!
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