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WNY veteran David Bellavia enters Pentagon's Hall of Heroes

Posted at 1:40 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 13:40:34-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — After receiving the Medal of Honor during a ceremony with President Donald Trump, Western New York veteran David Bellavia has been inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon.

Bellavia received the rare honor for his heroic actions during the second Battle of Fallujah in 2004. Bellavia was serving as squad leader, going house to house with a platoon, when his group was ambushed. With his squad pinned down under enemy fire, Bellavia chose to heroically go back into a darkened house to take on the enemy.

Bellavia is the first surviving veteran of the Iraq war to receive the Medal of Honor. He says he wants to help the Army recruit young warriors.