SEAL Team 6 member, Edward C. Byers Jr., a man whose body of work has been kept rather secret despite 11 deployments overseas, is set to accept the Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts to rescue a hostage from the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Byers was such a badass, that he shielded the hostage from gunfire, simultaneously holding a Taliban member by the throat while his fellow SEALS lit the terrorist up.
Via the Daily Caller:
SEAL Team 6 member Edward C. Byers Jr. is set to emerge from anonymity to accept the Medal of Honor Monday.
Byers, now a senior chief petty officer, will receive the award for participating in a hostage rescue mission deep in the heart of Afghanistan, Dan Lamothe from The Washington Post reports. In 2012, after hiking with his unit for four hours to a remote location in eastern Afghanistan, Byers burst in a Taliban stronghold and threw himself on top of American hostage Dr. Dilip Joseph to protect him from the gunfire, as other SEAL Team members from his unit took out Taliban fighters standing guard.
While still protecting Dr. Joseph, Byers grabbed a Taliban fighter by the throat and held him up against the wall. The other SEALs riddled the fighter with bullets.
Check out more of Byers story and amazing acts of heroism in rescuing the hostage below:
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