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We Salute Navy SEAL Edward Byers
By AlphaNews
2/29/2016 9:30:00 PM

Navy SEAL Edward Byers Medal of Honor

Today in a ceremony at The White House President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Navy Seal Edward Byers. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Byers received the military's highest award for valor in action against an enemy force for his role in the 2012 rescue of a hostage in Afghanistan. 

In December 2012, Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, raided a building in Eastern Afghanistan to rescue U.S. civilian Dr. Dilip Joseph who was being held hostage by the Taliban. As President Obama described, Byers showed great courage and had to engage in hand-to-hand combat with several Taliban. He killed several of the captors and selflessly threw himself on the hostage to protect him from harm when enemy fire erupted. During that rescue mission Seal Team Six lost Chief Petty Officer Nicolas Checque, whom Byers tried to save by doing CPR. The mission was a success and Dr. Joseph was given a second chance at life due to the actions of Byers and his team.

Byers is the 11th living service member, and the sixth Navy SEAL, to to receive such an honor. The ceremony comes just a few weeks before National Medal of Honor Day, a holiday at the end of March which is dedicated to remembering, and honoring, all those who have been bestowed with the Medal of Honor. We salute Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Byers for his valor.

Tags: Navy SEAL, Edward Byers, Medal of Honor, President Obama
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