BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Western New York veteran and radio host will be getting the highest honor an American service-member can get.
The White House announced that David Bellavia will be getting the Medal of Honor in Washington on June 25.
Bellavia says he was first notified in October of last year. He received a phone call saying that an important Department of Defense Official wanted to speak with him. That official turned out to be the president.
Bellavia told 2 On Your Side that the honor really belongs to his entire platoon, without whom he could not have made it through his service.
"You can’t wear this by yourself. You don’t earn it by yourself, you can’t wear it by yourself," Bellavia told 2 On Your Side.
He's bringing as many of his comrades with him to the White House Ceremony. He says it's the least he could do and if he could, he would split the medal with them.
"When you look at all the other people that do so much and you think ‘where’s their thing’ you know? I never I mean it. I never saw this coming."
He's being honored for his bravery during an operation in Iraq in 2004 where he cleared a house of insurgents that had pinned down his platoon.
Bellavia is the first living service member from the Iraq war to get the Medal of Honor.
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