The events that brought about this award are as real and vicious as war gets. SSgt David Bellavia knows them intimately as he was at the center of the story. For his actions, he received the Medal of Honor from the President at the White House in 2019.
Bellavia’s unit was involved in the Battle for Fallujah in Iraq, the bloodiest fighting of the Iraq War. It was urban warfare. Like all urban warfare, it was house to house, a battle for feet and yards, with each house offering yet another obstacle and the potential for incredible, up-close-and-personal violence.
Bellavia will tell part of the story here in this video. But he tells the full story in a book that he has written called “House to House: A Soldier’s Memoir.”
In the video you will hear Bellavia talk about the incident during which his actions would be recognized as worthy of the Medal of Honor. You will hear in his words another truth about war as well.
When they went into the dark house, all of a sudden the silence was split by intense weapons fire that was actually caught on film. The darkness is sparked by tracers going in every direction.
Bellavia fired his weapon to give cover for his men to retreat. They got outside, but Bellavia still felt as though he had failed in his duty. He felt he should have continued the engagement, carried it forward as he was trained to do. This is real stuff.
He decided to go back in with a couple other men. It was then that he took the fight to those who were still in that house.
The firefight was as intense as it gets in those enclosed quarters.
Bellavia killed three of the enemy inside and wounded a fourth. At one point he tells what he did when he confronted one of the enemy soldiers.
This soldier’s actions saved the lives of his men. Bellavia’s account here is as real as it comes. He reveals something that all who have been in combat will recognize, that is, the thin line between fear and bravery.
The Veterans Site honors the courage and the determination on behalf of his men that SSgt David Bellavia demonstrated in that house during the Battle of Fallujah. We respect his candor and the incredible self-awareness that he displays in this video as he recounts the events of that day in 2004.
Bellavia was the first living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during the Iraq War. Hooah! good soldier.Whizzco