Medal of Honor Recipients are a part of something greater. They collectively embody the values that we as a country strive to uphold—courage, bravery, and the desire and dedication to do what is right in the midst of life’s most difficult circumstances. But they are also unique. They are parents and siblings, colleagues and friends. They are ordinary people who did extraordinary things, each with their own story to tell.
Honor their sacrifice today so we may shape a better future tomorrow.
War on Terrorism (Iraq)
Thomas P. Payne
Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on September 11, 2020, making him the most recent Recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for his actions in Iraq on October 22, 2015.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, the Japanese forces also attacked other U.S. interests, including Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Finn took a lead in defending the Naval Air Station located there.