AUSA Extra - Ranger NCO receives Medal of Honor

Butler Defence Solutions

September 2020

Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, a special operations soldier who has deployed 17 times, received the Medal of Honor Sept. 11 for his role in a daring hostage rescue mission in 2015 in Iraq.

Payne, 36, received the nation’s highest award for valor during a ceremony at the White House. He is the seventh service member, and second living recipient, to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq.


“You embody the righteous glory of American valor,” President Donald Trump said to Payne during the ceremony.

“We stand in awe of your heroic daring and gallant deeds.” 


Trump marveled at the “astounding” number of deployments Payne has served, adding that “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.” 


Receiving the Medal of Honor is “an amazing responsibility,” Payne said. “I look forward to serving as a guardian of the Medal of Honor and as a man who wears it well.”


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