Thomas Payne Medal of Honor, Delta Force soldier who helped save 75.

Army Sgt. Major Thomas Payne receives the Medal of Honor on Friday for his heroism in a daring special operations raid in northern Iraq that liberated 75 Iraq civilians.

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The Army Ranger will receive the nation’s highest award for heroism on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that prompted him to join the Army right out of high school.

President Donald Trump will present the award Friday afternoon at the White House.

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Payne told Pentagon reporters on Thursday that after he receives the award he will consider himself to be more than a Medal of Honor recipient, but a guardian of what it means.

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“The spirit of the Medal of Honor lives in every American,” said Payne who joined the Army in 2002 following the 9/11 attacks. “I just want to be a man that wears it well and represents the Army.”


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