TWO NAVY MEN NAMED EDWARD BYERS - ONE IS
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What are the odds on something like this happening - a million to one?
On the very same day - February 2, 2016 - the Navy issued press releases about two men, both named Edward Byers. One was a submarine skipper relieved of command. The other, a senior chief and member of famed Seal Team Six. He was slated to get the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony later this month.
The same name, the same date, but their fates could not be more different.
CMDR Edward Byers had been the C. O. of attack sub Dallas since November of 2014. "Leadership shortfalls" was said to be the reason he got the boot. There was no alleged "misconduct," but the action is widely seen as a career-ender for the three-striper.
AN OPPOSITE FATE FOR MEN OF SAME NAME
The other Edward Byers performed his heroism back in 2012 in Afghanistan when the burly SEAL threw himself over the body of a doctor held hostage as bullets flew between fellow American rescuers and the Taliban captors.
One SEAL, PO1 Nick Cherque, was killed in the firefight.
According to Byers' citation, the Ohio native "displayed extraordinary heroism at grave personal risk." The 36 year-old Navy man has been wounded twice in previous combat and is one of the youngest senior chiefs (E-8) in the military today.
The MOH recipient is a certified paramedic as well as proud member of the elite Navy SEALS. Byers is one of the few living service members to receive the coveted medal, our nation's highest decoration for military valor.
A majority of the Medal of Honor roll consists of heroes who lost their lives in combat.