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White House Medal of Honor Ceremony

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.

President Barack Obama presented Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr., the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House, Feb. 29.

Byers received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of the team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on Dec. 8-9, 2012. He is the 11th living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

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