Navy seal to receive Medal of Honor

Navy seal to receive Medal of Honor


>>Reporter: AS A NAVY S.E.A.L., EDWARD BYERS JR. IS WELL ACQUAINTED WITH DANGER. AND THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 8th, 2012, BROUGHT PLENTY OF IT.>>THE MISSION WAS A HOSTAGE RESCUE MISSION. SO TO US, THAT IS A NO-FAIL MISSION. OUR OBJECTIVE, OUR GOAL, IS TO BRING BACK AN AMERICAN HOSTAGE ALIVE.>>Reporter: AND THAT HE AND OTHER S.E.A.L.s DID. RESCUING DR. DILIP JOSEPH WHOM THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN HAD BEEN HOLDING CAPTIVE FOR ABOUT FOUR DAYS.>>IT WAS AT THAT TIME THAT I ENGAGED THE PERSON I WAS ON TOP OF AND JUMPED OFF THE GUY I WAS ON AND ONTO THE DOCTOR WHO WAS ABOUT THREE OR FOUR MAYBE FIVE FEET AWAY FROM ME TO MY RIGHT.>>Reporter: FOR HIS HEROIC EFFORT, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS AWARDING BYERS AMERICA’S HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR.>>IT WASN’T UNTIL HE CALLED AND I GOT TO SPEAK TO HIM THAT — AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, CONGRATULATIONS. I LOOKED AT YOUR AWARD, AND I’M APPROVING YOU TO RECEIVE THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. THAT’S WHEN IT WAS, LIKE, OKAY, THIS IS REAL.>>Reporter: BUT BYERS IS ALSO DEALING WITH ANOTHER REALITY. HE WAS THE SECOND S.E.A.L. TO BURST INTO THE TALIBAN HIDEOUT TO FREE DR. JOSEPH, THE FIRST S.E.A.L., NICHOLAS CHECQUE, WAS KILLED.>>HE EMBODIED THE ESSENCE OF WHAT IT IS TO BE AN AMERICAN HERO. HE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED, YOU KNOW, IN THE PAGES OF HISTORY FOR THE SACRIFICES THAT HE MADE.>>Reporter: PLENTY OF PEOPLE ARE CALLING BYERS A HERO AS WELL, BUT HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER MIGHT NOT BE ONE OF THEM.>>MY DAUGHTER KNOWS THAT I’M DADDY. AND SHE LOVES ME JUST FOR THAT. AND IF YOU TALK TO HER ONE ON ONE, SHE’LL TELL YOU THE FIVE DIFFERENT NICKNAMES SHE HAS OF ME. AND I DON’T THINK ONE OF THEM INCLUDES HERO.>>Reporter: THE MAGNITUDE OF THE MOMENT ISN’T LOST ON EVERYONE, THOUGH. ESPECIALLY MOM.>>WHEN I CALLED MY MOM THAT NIGHT AND TOLD HER, YOU KNOW, YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE MY MOM. HER FIRST QUESTION OUT OF HER MOUTH WAS, DO YOU THINK I’LL BE ABLE TO COME TO IT?

9 thoughts on “Navy seal to receive Medal of Honor

  1. to all Military/Police both past, present, and future. remember the sheep dog's goal is to protect the herd from the wolves, the sheep may hate the sheep dog. see them as violent, mean, outcast. but when the wolves actually attack the sheep are basically helpless without the help of the sheep dog.

  2. give it back to the president & thank him…tell him u will only accept… if it's recognized for all branches of the military…past,present,future…please n thank u sir👎

  3. why is some assholes life more important than another persons? it doesn't make sense, that doctor was stupid for being kidnapped, were on our own out here, who gives a fuck about me?

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