The White Home introduced the Congressional Medal of Honor to Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne this week for heroism and selfless actions that have been key to liberating 75 hostages underneath fireplace throughout a rescue mission 5 years in the past in Hawija, Iraq.
The South Carolina youth had initially joined the Military after 9/11, impressed by patriotism and a need to defend america. Quickly, he joined the elite ranks of the legendary Military Rangers.
He would endure 14 deployments earlier than the day of October 22, 2015, when then-Sergeant First Class Payne—as a part of a joint process power aiding Iraqi safety forces—raided an ISIS jail to liberate 70 hostages, after a request by the Kurdistan authorities.
Pat and his fellow Rangers fought by the fireplace and the bullets. Pat navigated to the entrance door and noticed the captives have been being held behind a metallic door secured by two very heavy padlocks. The constructing was on fireplace and partly collapsed.
He grabbed a pair of bolt cutters and, by flame and smoke and bullets, succeeded in slicing one of many locks earlier than scorching warmth compelled him to flee the constructing for some air.
Pat caught his breath in just a few seconds and ran again in and managed to slice the ultimate lock and launch the remainder of the hostages because the constructing started to break down. He obtained orders to evacuate, however he refused to take action.
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Not wanting to depart anybody behind, Pat ran again into the burning constructing two extra instances. He saved a number of hostages, and he was the final man to depart.
Payne, who’s presently assigned to the U.S. Military Particular Operations Command, obtained the very best army award from the President on September 11, 2020.
The Congressional Medal of Honor quotation reads partially, “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity on the threat of his life above and past the decision of obligation on October 22, 2015.
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His heroism and selfless actions have been key to liberating 75 hostages throughout a contested rescue mission that resulted in 20 enemies killed in motion.
Sergeant First Class Payne’s gallantry underneath fireplace and unusual valor are in step with the very best traditions of army service and replicate nice credit score upon himself, america Particular Operations Command, and america Military.”
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