WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to a Western New York Native and first living Iraq War Veteran Tuesday afternoon.
According to a White House press release, former Army Sergeant David G. Bellavia is receiving the award for his “conspicuous gallantry while serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.”
While in Falluja, Iraq in 2004, Bellavia went into a house where his squad was trapped. He provided cover, while engaging with insurgents, so that his fellow soldiers could get out.
Bellavia joined the Army in 1999 and also served in Kosovo.
He has written a book about his experiences in Falluja and now has a daily radio talk show in Buffalo.