Obama to award Medal of Honor to Edward Byers, Navy specialist

An undated file photo of Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. Byers will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony Feb. 29. Byers is receiving the medal for his actions during a 2012 rescue operation in Afghanistan. Uniform insignia has been digitally removed from this photo for security reasons. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

An undated file photo of Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. Byers will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony Feb. 29. Byers is receiving the medal for his actions during a 2012 rescue operation in Afghanistan. Uniform insignia has been digitally removed from this photo for security reasons. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

President Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor Monday to a Navy SEAL for courageous actions while serving on a team that rescued an American civilian hostage in Afghanistan in 2012. The president is bestowing the nation’s highest military award on Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, 36, the 11th living service member to be…

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