WATCH: Sgt. Maj. Thomas Payne Tells His Medal of Honor Story

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On Sep. 11, President Trump will award U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas Payne the Medal of Honor for his actions in Hawija, Iraq in 2015.

On Oct. 22, 2015, “[t]hen-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas ‘Patrick’ Payne served as an assistant team leader deployed to Iraq as part of a Special Operations Joint Task Force in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.” The multinational “task force was given a mission to rescue over 70 Iraqi hostages being held by ISIS in a prison compound in the northern town of Hawija.”

An intense battle occurred during the successful operation. President Trump will award Sgt. Maj. Payne the Medal of Honor for his actions during it. Watch the above video to see and hear his story. (RELATED: How September 11, 2001 Redefined Generation X)

Video by Elliot Valdez, Defense Media Activity – Army. Posted on Sep. 01, 2020.

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