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.
A very well-deserved honor for SGM Thomas Payne. A true American hero, SGM Payne will receive the Medal of Honor for his valiant action in Iraq, freeing 70 Islamic State prisoners.https://t.co/epVUWjvyQd
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) September 3, 2020
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.