At long last SSG David Bellavia to receive Medal of Honor

 
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At long last SSG David Bellavia to receive Medal of Honor

He's a good friend, and he'll be the first living recipient of the Medal from the Iraq War.

The president will award the Medal of Honor on June 25 to a soldier who fought through a nest of insurgents during the second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, the White House officially announced Monday.

Then-Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia originally received the Silver Star for his actions, but his citation was revisited as part of a review of valor awards and determined worthy of the nation’s highest combat award.

The award will give Bellavia one of now seven Operation Iraqi Freedom Medals of Honor, and make him the only living recipient from the Iraq War.

During the battle, Bellavia single-handedly killed multiple insurgents, including one during hand-to-hand combat.

A squad leader at the time, Bellavia, now 43, was clearing a block of buildings when his platoon was pinned down on Nov. 10, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq.

David has talked about the fight before, and it's amazing:

He's also addressed the Legion covention in what I think was one of the best speeches I've ever heard.

One last video of Bells that is pretty awesome:

He's a great guy and a dear friend, so I couldn't be happier for him.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.