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David Bellavia awarded Medal of Honor

June 25, 2019 03:38 PM

WASHINGTON (WHEC) — A local man has become the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the Medal of Honor. David Bellavia, of Batavia, was honored by President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday afternoon. 

The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration to be awarded in the United States. 

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Bellavia received the Medal of Honor at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. We are airing the ceremony live on News10NBC, WHEC.com and our Facebook page.

Back in 2004, Bellavia was a Staff Sergeant in the Army serving in Iraq. He was a squad leader in Fallujah. On Nov. 10, his 29th birthday, he saved his entire squad. He single-handedly cleared a house full of insurgents risking his own life. He killed four, one in hand-to-hand combat, and seriously wounded a fifth. 

Bellavia was released from duty in 2005. He has been a radio talk show host in Buffalo. 

He was joined at the White House by some of the men he saved in that battle along with his mother, wife and three kids. 

News10NBC's Nikki Rudd will be reporting live from the White House on News10NBC at 5 and 6. 

Click here to learn more about Bellavia's battle in Fallujah.

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