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Catholic Navy Seal receives Medal of Honor from President Obama


Edward Byers Jr rescued a civilian hostage from a remote area of Afghanistan in 2012

A Catholic Navy Seal with a strong devotion to St Michael the Archangel was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

The 36-year-old Ohio native, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers Jr, rescued a civilian hostage in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan in December 2012.

At the White House ceremony, President Obama introduced Byers, calling him a “special breed of warrior that so often serves in the shadows.”

“The ethos — the creed — that guides every Navy Seal says this: ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions,’” the president said. “Which is another way of saying that standing here today, in front of the entire nation, is not Senior Chief Ed Byers’ idea of a good time.”

The nation’s highest military honour was awarded to Byers for, as a military aide read, “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Hostage Rescue Force Team member in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on December 8-9, 2012.”

The Washington Post and other news outlets reported that Byers, who is assigned to the Seal teams based in Little Creek, Virginia, said that for years he has prayed to St Michael the Archangel, drawing strength from the saint described in Scripture as the one who defends the people of God from their enemies.


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