* Sgt. Maj. Thomas ‘Patrick’ Payne, 36, was awarded the Medal of Honor Friday in a White House ceremony
* Donald Trump bestowed the valor award on the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks
* Payne is the first living Delta Force member in history to receive the highest military decoration
* Payne was honored for his part in the October 22 2015 mission where his team rescued 70 hostages in Iraq
* He and his comrades faced enemy gunfire to rescue people set to be executed by Islamic State militants
* Trump praised him as ‘one of the bravest men anywhere in the world’ and a ‘revered American hero’
* Ashley, wife of Payne’s teammate Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler who died in the mission, joined the ceremony
* Highly-decorated Payne joined the Army in 2002 and has been deployed 17 times to combat zones
* Trump was recently accused of calling US war dead ‘suckers’ and ‘losers’ in a bombshell report by the Atlantic
A Delta Force soldier received the Medal of Honor from Donald Trump Friday for his role in the raid that freed more than 70 Iraqi hostages from an Islamic State prison compound back in 2015.
Sgt. Maj. Thomas ‘Patrick’ Payne, 36, was awarded the prestigious valor award in a ceremony at the White House on what marked the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The event makes Payne the first living Delta Force member in history to receive the honor.
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Trump awards Medal of Honor to military hero who freed more than 75 hostages in Iraq — FOX News
Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Army Ranger on 9/11 anniversary — CNN
Profile: Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Maj. Thomas Patrick Payne — Breaking Defense