Iraq War veteran receives the Medal of Honor

From time to time I like to report on recipients of the Medal of Honor, I truly wish I could report on all of them. Often deserving of more than just our praise or an award, these men and women of service often are owed the lives of the ones they save, protect and honor.

It’s pride in our military, it’s pride in the individual and above all it is pride in the thoughtless service that these individuals give, freely to their fellow man.

Former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia was awarded the Medal of Honor presented by Present Donald Trump in a White House Ceremony making him the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the recognition.

During Operation Phantom Fury in 2004, Bellavia’s platoon was pinned down while clearing a block of houses. Bellavia exchanged his M16 Rifle for an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and entered the house where his squad was trapped to provide cover fire so the soldiers could exit safely, the White House said.

“A Bradley Fighting Vehicle arrived to help suppress the enemy, but it could not fire directly into the house,” it added in a statement. “Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia re-entered the house and assaulted insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades.”

 

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