Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on

On the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, President Trump plans to award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sgt. Major Thomas Payne for conspicuous gallantry for his role in leading a dangerous nighttime raid in Iraq that freed 75 hostages.

The White House announced that Payne would be receiving the award on Thursday, calling praising the solider for his “speed, audacity, and courage.”

“Sergeant Payne’s extraordinary heroism and selfless actions were key to liberating 75 hostages during a contested rescue mission that resulted in 20 enemy fighters killed in action,” the White House said in a statement.

Payne led an assault team during a nighttime hostage rescue mission in Iraq’s Kirkuk Province in October 2015. After he and his team cleared one building – and freed 38 hostages – the sergeant responded to call for assistance in clearing another building.


After engaging in fire with enemy combatants, he broke the lock on the door of another building, which allowed fellow soldiers to breach the room before Payne could lead the evacuation of hostages as the building was collapsing.

“Sergeant Payne knowingly risked his own life by bravely entering the building under intense enemy fire, enduring smoke, heat, and flames to identify the armored door imprisoning the hostages,” the White House said. “His courageous actions motivated the coalition assault team members to enter the breach and assist with cutting the locks.”

In this image from video provided by the U.S. Army, then-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne is interviewed as a winner of the 2012 Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 16, 2012. Payne will receive the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest honor for valor in combat, for actions during a daring 2015 raid in Iraq that rescued about 70 hostages who were set to be executed by ISIS militants, The Associated Press has learned. Sgt. Maj. Payne will receive the honor in a White House ceremony on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Lori Egan/U.S., Army via AP)

The awarding of the Medal of Honor – the highest decoration a member of the military can be given – will be part of a busy day for Trump, who also plans to visit the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

Flight 93 was hijacked by al Qaeda terrorists on Sept., 11, 2001, and is believed to have been intended to hit the U.S. Capitol building before crashing in a Somerset County field after passengers attempted to retake the aircraft.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also plans to visit the site on Sept. 11.

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

China targets trademarks violations, but unlikely to satisfy US demands

The China National Intellectual Property Administration launched the two-year long Blue Sky campaign in May 2019 One of the primary demands from the United States has been for Beijing to strengthen intellectual property protection and stop forcing the transfer of…

A criminal past means no Paycheck Protection Program loan

Some small business owners have assailed the Paycheck Protection Program, saying they were unfairly shut out of the federal loan initiative that is aimed at saving jobs as the coronavirus pounds the economy. Yet another group of entrepreneurs faces an…

Biden’s history of controversial racial comments

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Joe Biden made waves Friday when he said that African-Americans unsure of whether they should vote for President Trump or him “ain’t black,” but it was hardly…

Judge accuses Trump admin of defying order on census count, threatens contempt

A federal judge has accused the Trump administration of violating a court order that would give the Census Bureau more time for its 10-year nationwide count, as an election-year legal fight is threatening the GOP’s chances of influencing the nation’s…