A Navy SEAL who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama earlier this year was in Coronado Wednesday evening to accept a $50,000 donation on behalf of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers Jr. helped rescue an American doctor who was being held hostage in Afghanistan in 2012. The Navy SEAL Team 6 member was the second Navy SEAL to enter the building where the hostage was kept.
Byers fellow Navy SEAL Team 6 member Nicolas Checque was the first one through the door during the rescue mission. He was shot and killed.
In February of this year, Byers received the Medal of Honor from President Obama, becoming the first living, active duty member of the Navy to receive the award in 40 years.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Byers trained in Coronado and graduated from BUD/S class 242.
On Wednesday evening, Byers accepted the donation from Shamrock Foods during the “Supplier of the Year” awards banquet at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
The money will go to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society which provides need-based financial assistance and education to active duty and retired members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Cops, their family members and survivors.