Magazine article VFW Magazine

Iraq War Vet Receives Medal of Honor

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Iraq War Vet Receives Medal of Honor

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President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to an Iraq War veteran on June 25 at the White House. Former Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia, of 3rd Plt., A Co., 2nd Bn., 2nd Inf., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., received the nation's highest valor award for his actions on Nov. 10, 2004, during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. (See page 14 for an account of the battle). He is the first and, to date, only living veteran of that war to receive the MOH.

Bellavia originally received the Silver Star for his actions. His platoon was pinned down by a group of insurgents holed up in a "darkened nightmare of a house," according to Time magazine journalist Michael Ware, who was embedded with Bellavia's unit. Instead of waiting for a Bradley Fighting Vehicle to arrive, Bellavia charged into the house, killing multiple insurgents.

"That night, Bellavia single-handedly saved an entire squad, risking his own life to allow his fellow soldiers to break contact and reorganize when trapped by overwhelming insurgent fire," according to his MOH citation. …

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