Soldier receives Medal of Honor after helping save 70 captives from execution by Islamic State
team of elite U.S. Army soldiers had already freed dozens of captives
at the Islamic State compound when an urgent plea crackled over the
radio: Another team on the roof of a burning building nearby was taking
enemy fire from multiple sides.
Sgt. Thomas P. Payne peered through his night-vision goggles in the
predawn hours of Oct. 22, 2015, midway through a daring prisoner rescue
in northern Iraq. A fellow soldier had already been shot, and enemy fire
roared just 30 yards away.
“Let’s get into the fight,” he told a
teammate before climbing a ladder to reach the rooftop, then dropping
grenades and firing down through holes to the floor below.