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A Navy SEAL got the Medal of Honor for rescuing an American from the Taliban

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President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL Edward C. Byers Jr. for his actions during a hostage rescue operation in December 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Oscar Sosa/Flickr)

US Navy SEAL Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers became the sixth Navy SEAL in history to get the Medal of Honor for his role in rescuing an American civilian who was being held hostage in Afghanistan.

Dr. Dilip Joseph was taken hostage by the Taliban in December 2012. Byers was part of the six-man SEAL team sent to rescue him. And listen to this heroism: Byers took down two captors and threw himself on top of the doctor to cover him from gunfire.

Byers has recounted the entire rescue mission, where the team tragically lost Petty Officer 1st class Nicolas Checque:

Byers is the 11th living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan. He considers Checque a hero too, for dying for his country.

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A Navy SEAL got the Medal of Honor for rescuing an American from the Taliban

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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