Navy SEAL receives Medal of Honor at White House ceremony

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

U.S. President Barack Obama presents Navy Senior Chief Edward Byers Jr., 36, with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House February 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. A member of Navy SEAL Team 6, Byers received the Medal of Honor for his role in rescuing an American hostage from the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2012.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has awarded the nation’s highest military honor to a Navy SEAL who participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage in Afghanistan.

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, Jr., is the first living, active duty member of the Navy to receive the award in four decades.

Obama says Byers is the “consummate, quiet professional” who would rather be elsewhere, but he says the ceremony gives Americans the chance to get a glimpse of a special breed of warrior who so often serves in the shadows.

The rescue was undertaken by members of the Navy’s famed SEAL Team 6. Byers was the second Navy SEAL to enter the building containing the hostage. The first to enter was shot and killed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s