Soldier receives Medal of Honor from Donald for role in raid that freed ...

A Delta Force soldier received the Medal of Honor from Donald 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.

Payne was honored for his part in the October 22 2015 mission where he and his comrades risked their lives facing a barrage of enemy gunfire to rescue hostages who were set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. 

Delta Force soldier Sgt. Maj. Thomas 'Patrick' Payne, 36, 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

Delta Force soldier Sgt. Maj. Thomas 'Patrick' Payne, 36, received the Medal of Honor from Donald 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

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

Trump escorts Payne into the East Room of the White House to award him the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during the hostage rescue mission in Iraq

escorts Payne into the East Room of the White House to award him the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during the hostage rescue mission in Iraq

praised Payne as 'one of the bravest men anywhere in the world' as he presented him with the highest decoration a member of the military can be given.

'Today he joins the immortal company of our most revered American heroes,' said in the White House ceremony. 

'Pat, you personify the motto: 'Rangers lead the way.'' 

The president described the heroic actions of the soldier, who was joined at the ceremony by his wife Alison and six-year-old son. 

Also present at the ceremony was Ashley Wheeler, the wife of Payne's teammate Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler, who died in the mission.

'He ran right back into that raging blaze. He sliced the final lock and released the rest of the hostages,' said of the 2015 raid.

'As the building began to collapse, he received orders to evacuate but he refused to do so. He didn't want to leave anyone behind. 

'Pat ran back into the burning building that was collapsing. Two more times. He saved multiple hostages and he was the last man to leave.'   

Payne was assigned to lead a team clearing one of two buildings known to house hostages in a nighttime operation in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk on the night of October 22 2015.

The event makes Payne the first living Delta Force member in history to receive the honor - the highest military award

The event makes Payne the first living Delta Force member in history to receive the honor - the highest military award

Payne was joined at the ceremony by his wife Alison and six-year-old son (pictured). Also present at the ceremony was Ashley Wheeler, the wife of Payne's teammate Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler, who died in the mission

Payne was joined at the ceremony by his wife Alison and six-year-old son (pictured). Also present at the ceremony was Ashley Wheeler, the wife of Payne's teammate Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler, who died in the mission

Trump praised Payne as 'one of the bravest men anywhere in the world' as he presented him with the award

praised Payne as 'one of the bravest men anywhere in the world' as he presented him with the award

The raid quickly became complicated when Kurdish forces working with US troops tried and failed to blast a hole in the compound's outer wall. 

The explosion alerted the ISIS militants, who opened fire on the Kurdish forces.

Payne, a sergeant first class at the time of the mission, and his unit climbed over a wall to enter the prison compound.   

The soldiers quickly cleared one of the two buildings but once inside, encountered enemy resistance. 

The team used bolt cutters to break the locks off the prison doors, freeing 38 hostages.

Moments later, an urgent call over the radio came from other task force members engaged in an intense gun fight at the second building. 

Between 10 to 20 Army soldiers, including Payne and Wheeler headed toward the second building that was partially on fire. 

Kurdish commandos were pinned down by the gunfire.

Wheeler was shot and killed, becoming the first American killed in action since the US launched renewed military intervention in Iraq against the Islamic State in 2014.  

The team scaled a ladder onto the roof of the one-story building under machine-gun fire. 

'Today he joins the immortal company of our most revered American heroes,' Trump said in the White House ceremony. 'Pat, you personify the motto: 'Rangers lead the way''

'Today he joins the immortal company of our most revered American heroes,' said in the White House ceremony. 'Pat, you personify the motto:

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