Medal of Honor recipient stories in brief, as excerpted from three publications: Navy Chief Edward Carl Byers, Jr. bold and decisive actions of undaunted courage...
Edited and compiled by Peter Menkin
In 2011, Navy Senior Chief Edward Byers joined the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six, he served 11 overseas deployments including nine combat tours, fighting multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Medal of Honor Citation for Navy Senior Chief Edward Byers, Jr.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a
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From USA Today:
Dilip Joseph was the medical director for a faith-based Colorado non-profit group establishing medical clinics in remote parts of Afghanistan when he was captured for ransom with his driver and translator. Four days later, having information that Joseph might be moved to Pakistan, U.S. commanders organized a rescue team, according to an unclassified summary of the mission obtained by USA TODAY.
Byers and the team walked four hours through the Afghan mountains to reach the Taliban compound, arriving shortly after midnight Dec. 9, 2012. Their mission relied on surprise
|Dilip Joseph was rescued by a group|
of Navy SEAL Team 6 operators
in Afghanistan after being
held hostage by Taliban militants.
(Photo: Leslye Davis, ZUMA Press/Corbis)
Inside, the hostage — going into his fifth day of captivity — heard dogs barking and sheep bleating outside the small stone-and-mud shack....
...The mission has been controversial. In a report on SEAL Team Six last year, The New York Times highlighted discrepancies between Joseph's recollection and the official account. Joseph said that after the shooting stopped, he saw one of the Taliban fighters — a 19-year-old he called Wallakah, whom he had tried to bond with during his captivity — alive, unhurt and apparently subdued. When he returned inside to wait for the helicopter, Wallakah was dead. The Pentagon has disputed that account....
From The Washington Post
...Byers burst in anyway, shooting a Taliban fighter who had an automatic rifle aimed at him. Another man scrambled to the corner of the room
where another rifle was stored, so Byers tackled him and then tried to adjust his night-vision goggles to see whether he was the American hostage. The hostage, lying five feet away, called out in English, so Byers killed the insurgent he was straddling and then hurled himself on top of the hostage to protect him from gunfire. At the same time, Byers pinned another enemy fighter to the wall with a hand to the throat until another SEAL shot the militant...
|High school yearbook|
photo of Edward Byers,
a 1997 graduate of Otsego
High School in Tontogany, Ohio.
(Photo: Otsego High School)
President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Navy Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr., for his actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan. (The White House)