President Trump to award Medal of Honor to Army Ranger on 9/11

In this image from video provided by the U.S. Army, then-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne is interviewed as a winner of the 2012 Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 16, 2012. Payne will receive the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest honor for valor in combat, for actions during a daring 2015 raid in Iraq. (Lori Egan/U.S., Army via AP)

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UPDATED 9:12 AM PT – Friday, September 4, 2020

President Trump is expected to bestow the nation’s highest military honor to a soldier on the day marking 19 years since the September 11th terror attacks.

U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Major Thomas Payne will receive the prestigious Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House next week. Payne reportedly risked his life to rescue more than 70 hostages held by ISIS in Iraq back in 2015.

Prior to his upcoming award, Payne had already received the “distinguished service cross” and won the ‘Best Ranger’ competition in 2012.

The South Carolina native is said to have joined the Army out of a sense of patriotism and duty to serve his country after 9/11.

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