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    Trump awards MOH to Delta-Force Ranger who rescued 75 hostages of ISIS

    President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne on Friday, a Ranger assigned to the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command Delta Force.

    Payne led the special operations raid that took place in October 2015 in Northern Iraq, freeing 75 Iraqi citizens from Islamic State terrorists. Twenty-two terrorists were killed in the raid.

    He was recognized for courage in the firefight with ISIS fighters and for rushing into a burning building during the raid with a pair of bolt cutters, thence freeing the prisoners inside.

    “He wouldn’t leave, no matter what they said. No matter who ordered him to do it, he wouldn’t do it. He was the last one out,” Trump said. “It was one of the largest and most daring rescue missions in American history.”


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    I don't know how the numbers have changed since but before the start of Dubya's GWOT, 80% of all Medals of Honor were awarded posthumously. Which hints at how dangerous it is to meet the extremely high standard for the MOH. All Delta Force operators to have received the MOH prior to Sergeant Major Payne did so posthumously. He is the first to have been received it while still living.



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