Featured Recipients

 

BYERS, EDWARD JR. C.

Rank: Chief
Organization: U.S. Navy
Company:
Division:
Born: August 4, 1979, Toledo, Ohio
Departed: No
Entered Service At: Broadview Heights, OH, May 28, 1998
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 02/29/2016
Accredited To: Broadway Heights, OH
Place / Date: Qarghah’i District of Laghman, Afghanistan, December 8-9, 2012
 
 


BYERS, EDWARD JR. C. Photo
 
Citation

For 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 from 8 to 9 December 2012. As the rescue force approached the target building, an enemy sentry detected them and darted inside to alert his fellow captors. The sentry quickly reemerged, and the lead assaulter attempted to neutralize him. Chief Byers with his team sprinted to the door of the target building. As the primary breacher, Chief Byers stood in the doorway fully exposed to enemy fire while ripping down six layers of heavy blankets fastened to the inside ceiling and walls to clear a path for the rescue force. The first assaulter pushed his way through the blankets, and was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire from within. Chief Byers, completely aware of the imminent threat, fearlessly rushed into the room and engaged an enemy guard aiming an AK- 47 at him. He then tackled another adult male who had darted towards the corner of the room. During the ensuing hand-to-hand struggle, Chief Byers confirmed the man was not the hostage and engaged him. As other rescue team members called out to the hostage, Chief Byers heard a voice respond in English and raced toward it. He jumped atop the American hostage and shielded him from the high volume of fire within the small room. While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers immobilized another guard with his bare hands, and restrained the guard until a teammate could eliminate him. His bold and decisive actions under fire saved the lives of the hostage and several of his teammates. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of near certain death, Chief Petty Officer Byers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

 

Past Featured Recipients
Search by:
Keyword(s) or Name: advanced
Name
Month
Rank
Organization
Conflict
BYERS, EDWARD JR. C.
02/2016
Chief
U.S. Navy
War In Afghanistan
GROBERG, FLORENT A.
11/2015
Captain
U.S. Army
War In Afghanistan
JOHNSON, HENRY AKA WILLIAM HENRY JOHNSON
06/2015
Private
U.S. Army
World War I
SHEMIN, WILLIAM
06/2015
Sergeant
U.S. Army
World War I
CUSHING, ALONZO H.
11/2014
1st Lieutenant
U.S. Army
Civil War
ADKINS, BENNIE G.
09/2014
Sergeant First Class
U.S. Army
Vietnam War
SLOAT, DONALD P.
09/2014
Specialist Fourth Class
U.S. Army
Vietnam War
PITTS, RYAN M.
07/2014
Sergeant
U.S. Army
War In Afghanistan
CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
06/2014
Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
War In Afghanistan
WHITE, KYLE J.
05/2014
Sergeant
U.S. Army
War In Afghanistan
SWENSON, WILLIAM D.
10/2013
Captain
U.S. Army
War In Afghanistan
CARTER, TY M.
08/2013
Specialist
U.S. Army
War In Afghanistan
KAPAUN, EMIL JOSEPH
04/2013
Captain (Chaplain)
U.S. Army
Korean War
ROMESHA, CLINTON L.
02/2013
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army
War In Afghanistan
SABO, JR., LESLIE H.
05/2012
Specialist Fourth Class
U.S. Army
Vietnam War
BASILONE, JOHN
05/2010
Sergeant
U.S. Marine Corps
World War II
SCHWAB, ALBERT EARNEST
03/2008
Private First Class
U.S. Marine Corps
World War II
PETERS, GEORGE J.
12/2006
Private
U.S. Army
World War II
COLE, ROBERT G.
10/2006
Lieutenant Colonel
U.S. Army
World War II
THOMAS, CHARLES L.
08/2006
Lieutenant
U.S. Army
World War II
LOPEZ, JOSE M.
05/2006
Sergeant
U.S. Army
World War II
BURT, JAMES M.
02/2006
Captain
U.S. Army
World War II
DEGLOPPER, CHARLES N.
12/2005
Private First Class
U.S. Army
World War II
WILSON, ALFRED L.
11/2005
Technician Fifth Grade
U.S. Army
World War II
BLACKWELL, ROBERT L.
10/2005
Private
U.S. Army
World War I