First Living SEAL Team 6 Member in Four Decades Awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is awarding the nation’s highest military honor to a Navy SEAL who participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage in Afghanistan.

A photo provided Feb. 24, 2016 by the US Navy shows 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 on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Byers is receiving the medal for his actions during a 2012 rescue operation in Afghanistan. (U.S. Navyvia AP)
A photo provided Feb. 24, 2016 by the US Navy shows 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 on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Byers is receiving the medal for his actions during a 2012 rescue operation in Afghanistan. (U.S. Navyvia AP)

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, Jr., is the first living, active duty member of the Navy to receive the award in four decades.

Obama says Byers is the “consummate, quiet professional” who would rather be elsewhere, but he says the ceremony gives Americans the chance to get a glimpse of a special breed of warrior who so often serves in the shadows.

The rescue was undertaken by members of the Navy’s famed SEAL Team 6. Byers was the second Navy SEAL to enter the building containing the hostage. The first to enter was shot and killed.

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