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Former L-EHS student Thomas Payne receives Medal of Honor
Honored for rescuing hostages from ISIS in 2015
Payne and Wife
Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. “Patrick” Payne and his wife, Alison, in a personal photo he provided to the U.S. Army’s official website. Payne -- who attended Lugoff-Elgin High School through 2002 -- is receiving the Medal of Honor today, the highest military award in the U.S. He becomes the fourth person with ties to Kershaw County to earn the Medal of Honor. Payne is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., with Alison and their three children.
At 3 p.m. today, Kershaw County adds a fourth name to its list of recipients of the Medal of Honor, America’s highest award for members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves through acts of valor. That is when President Donald Trump will confer the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. “Patrick” Payne in Washington, D.C.