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A Humble Hero

Exclusive interview with Medal of Honor recipient

Senior Chief Ed Byers is a humble guy. He has a soft-spoken demeanor that screams "humility."

He's a husband and dad from a small town, and one could just as easily picture him walking through the grocery store or mowing the lawn. Except, on this day, he's seated across from me in his Navy service dress blue uniform - our nation's highest military honor draped around his neck.

In case you haven't paid attention to the news this week, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House. He was awarded it for his actions during a hostage rescue operation in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in December 2012. A day later he joined the more than 3,460 other Medal of Honor recipients listed in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

It was here that he sat down with All Hands Magazine to offer his thoughts and feelings on what it means to wear this award, where the credit goes and what his future now looks like.

Ed Byers is a humble guy with an extraordinary story.