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Navy SEAL Medal of Honor recipient proved mettle in hand-to-hand combat

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    Navy SEAL Medal of Honor recipient proved mettle in hand-to-hand combat
    Published February 29, 2016
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    Navy SEAL Edward Byers Jr. is receiving the Medal of Honor based on his actions during a daring raid. (U.S. Navy)

    The Navy SEAL who will become on Monday the sixth member of that elite force to receive the Medal of Honor proved his mettle in hand-to-hand combat in Afghanistan – or more accurately, hand-to-throat.

    During a daring nighttime raid in 2012 to rescue an American citizen from Taliban clutches, Edward Byers Jr. leaped across the room to shield the hostage from oncoming fire while simultaneously engaging a Taliban guard.

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    Navy SEAL Edward Byers Jr. is set to be awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday at the White House. (U.S. Navy)

    “While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers was able to pin the enemy combatant to the wall with his hand around the enemy’s throat,” according to a Navy news release.

    Earlier in the mission, Byers, who will receive the medal Monday from President Obama at the White House, grabbed a Taliban guard with one hand “while adjusting the focus of his night vision goggles with his other.”

    “Anyone who has been in combat knows that in those moments you either react or you get killed,” Byers said in a Navy video.


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