BATAVIA, N.Y. (WROC) — Local Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia was welcomed home Tuesday afternoon and given a key to the city of Batavia.
Bellavia was presented with the Medal of Honor, our country’s highest military award for valor, on June 25.
Bellavia was leading a squad in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah in November 2004. The White House says that after Bellavia helped his platoon escape fire, he entered a house and killed at least four insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades.
Bellavia, who left the Army in 2005, has been awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.
He is the first living Iraq veteran to receive the Medal of Honor.
A group of western New York Republicans are also courting Bellavia to run for Congress.