A Navy SEAL got the Medal of Honor for rescuing an American from the Taliban
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.
Thank you, Ed Byers.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 29, 2016
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.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 29, 2016
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