Slideshow: America's Best: Eleven Medal of Honor Winners since 9/11


Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Carl Byers, Jr. (2/29/2016)

Afghanistan -- When an American doctor had been captured by the Taliban, Chief Special Warfare Operator Byers and his SEAL Team Six unit came to the rescue. After Byers entered the house, he immediately tackled a shadowy figure inside and pinned him against the wall, even while throwing himself on top of the doctor to protect him. 

It's been 15 years since September 11, 2001, and U.S. combat forces have been engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Global War on Terror. In that time, George Bush and Barack Obama have awarded eighteen brave men with the Congressional Medal of Honor – America's merica’s highest military decoration. Among the honorees, seven were bestowed posthumously, highlighting the ultimate nature of their sacrifices. Below, we list the eleven living heroes and a short description of their selfless actions in combat.  

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