On 19th anniversary of 9/11, Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne received the highest military accolade for his dedication to save more than 70 hostages during a raid in 2015. President Trump told Payne he was “one of the bravest men in the world” for his heroism during the mission. Payne led a team to clear one of two buildings, but after the attempt to blast a hole in the wall failed, the enemy was alerted of their location and the mission became difficult. After much enemy resistance, the team was able to free the first 38 hostages in the prison with bolt cutters. The team then entered a building partially on fire to free dozens of other hostages. Payne entered the building multiple times to be sure of everyone’s escape and he had to carry one hostage who was too frightened to move.