The Medal of Honor will be awarded this month to a Navy SEAL for his role in rescuing an American civilian being held hostage by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the White House announced Tuesday.

President Barack Obama will award Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers the nation's highest medal for valor in combat.

The rescue of American medical doctor Dilip Joseph took place in eastern Afghanistan and also resulted in the death of a member of the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. Read more here

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  1. With men like Sr, CPO Byers in America’s heroic military, we all can be thankful to all for their service to the USA. What a performance of duty that day. TY Sr. CPO Byers and well done. Congrats for the awesome honor.

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