Former Fort Riley soldier received nation’s highest military honor.
President Donald Trump awarded the nation’s highest military honor to former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia for actions in Iraq . Bellavia, who served with the Big Red One in Iraq, was leading a squad in support of Operation Phantom Fury on his 29th birthday in November 2004 when his platoon was pinned down by gunfire as he went from house to house. Bellavia engaged the insurgents, providing cover that allowed members of the platoon to exit safely. He later re-entered the house and killed at least four of the insurgents, who were firing rocket-propelled grenades. “That remarkable day, then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia rescued an entire squad, cleared an insurgent strongpoint, and saved many members of his platoon from imminent threat,” the White House said in its announcement.