Batavia native David Bellavia in Washington, D.C. to receive Medal of Honor


AND RESPONDING TO IRAN’S DEFIANCE — PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED TODAY, “.. ANY ATTACK BY IRAN ON ANYTHING AMERICAN WILL BE MET WITH GREAT AND OVERWHELMING FORCE” — AGAIN STRESSING, IN SOME AREAS, IT WILL MEAN, OBLITERATION. ELIZABETH HUR, ABC NEWS, NEW YORK. DAN: A SOLDIER FROM WESTERN NEW YORK WILL RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR THIS AFTERNOON FOR HIS HEROISM IN THE IRAQ WAR. DAVID BELLAVIA ENLISTED IN THE MILITARY WHEN HE WAS 23 YEARS OLD. HE WAS A STAFF SERGEANT IN 2004, CLEARING A BLOCK OF BUILDINGS IN THE IRAQI CITY OF FALLUJAH, WHEN HIS PLATOON BECAME TRAPPED.BELLAVIA PROVIDED COVER FOR HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS TO ESCAPE.HE SAYS THE FAMILIES OF SOME OF HIS SQUAD MATES WILL BE ON HIS MIND TODAY. David Bellavia / being awarded the Medal of Honor: “i think about the families that lost their loved ones.It’s like it happened yesterday.They are never over it.It’s unnatural it’s violent and they are young men.And their sons have no memory of their father outside of these pictures.It’s going to be really hard to talk to these kids and tell them how important their fathers were.” DAN: BELLAVIA IS FROM LYNDONVILLE — WEST OF ROCHESTER.THE CEREMONY IS AT 3-30 THIS AFTERNOON. DAN: NEWS FROM YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS — TODAY IS NEW

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