- Apr 12, 2011
DELRAY BEACH, FL — An American soldier who helped rescue about 70 hostages set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq has been approved to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during a daring 2015 raid, The Associated Press has learned.
Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, a Ranger assigned to the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, will receive the U.S. military’s highest honor for valor in combat in a White House ceremony set to be held on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
SGM Payne started his career in A Co. 1/75 before heading over to the sniper platoon. Then went on to bigger things up at Ft. Bragg.
Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor for Iraq Hostage Rescue