Donald Trump, the President of the United States, is going to grant a Medal of Honor to an army person who aided rescue above seventy hostages being caught by Islamic State militants in the Republic of Iraq in 2015.
President Trump plans to award the Medal of Honor to an Army Ranger who helped rescue more than 70 hostages being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq in 2015 https://t.co/KfivdZEEsu
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 4, 2020
On Thursday, the White House declared that President Donald Trump will recognize that army person, Sgt. Maj. Thomas Patrick Payne with the medal on the 11th of September for conspicuous gallantry.
The White House has announced President Trump will recognize Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne with the award on September 11 for “conspicuous gallantry.”https://t.co/13dPsNQLiI
— CBS46 (@cbs46) September 4, 2020
Sgt. Maj. Payne, an Army Ranger assigned to the United States Army’s special operations command, will be awarded as the American military’s highest honor for bravery in battle.
The approval of the medal was declared by 2 Defense Department’s officials who described the situation of anonymity because both were not authorized to talk about the record. Moreover, Sgt. Maj. Payne was given the 2nd highest award of Army, but latterly it was upgraded to the Medal of Honor.
The ‘nighttime hostage rescue’ mission happened in Kirkuk, Iraq
In a statement, the White House said that Thomas Patrick Payne had commanded a special mission with an attacking team during the ‘nighttime hostage rescue’ in the Kirkuk region.
The statement added that Sgt. Maj. Payne’s extraordinary heroism and selfless moves were key to liberating seventy-five hostages during a challenging rescue special mission that caused twenty opponent fighters killed by his assault team.
An American official, with the exact knowledge of details about the special mission, told a media outlet, CNN, that mass graves mined inside the compound had been marked during surveillance. After that mission, those hostages said that they had been told that they will be executed after morning prayers.
In the American military, the Medal of Honor, is the most respected decoration. The White House said that receivers should have shown incontestable proof of his/her performance of the meritorious conduct, and all recommendation for the honor must be considered on the level of extraordinary merit.