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Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Soldiers Who Rescued Hostages in Iraq

It's my privilege to present the congressional medal of honor to a warrior who has devoted the last two decades to fighting the forces of terror please join me in welcoming today’s extraordinary recipient sergeant major Thomas Patrick Payne congratulations over the course of his service pat has embarked on an astounding really an astounding 17 deployments in defense of our nation general mile that's a lot right is that a lot that’s a lot okay.

I needed that little extra confirmation that’s a lot he now serves as an instructor at the U.S  army special operations command training the next generation of American warriors today he joins the immortal company of our most revered American heroes pat you personify the motto rangers lead the way and you inspire us all it is now my privilege to present sergeant major Thomas Patrick Payne with the congressional medal of honor I’d like to ask the military aide to come forward and read the citation thank you very much attention to orders the medal of honor is awarded to sergeant first class Thomas Payne united states army for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

October 22nd 2015. his heroism and selfless actions were key to liberating 75 hostages during a contested rescue mission that resulted in 20 enemies killed inaction sergeant first class Payne’s gallantry under fire and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself the united states special operations command and the united states army.

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