WBEN’s afternoon co-host is the first living veteran of the Iraq War to receive this military recognition.
Former Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia will be honored for his bravery while fighting during the Iraq War on June 25, 2019 with the Medal of Honor (shown). The official announcement was issued this morning by President Donald J. Trump.
In the press release from the Office of the Press Secretary, Bellavia was serving as a squad leader in November 10, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. “Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia was clearing a block of houses when his platoon became pinned down,” the press release states. You can read more about his courageous acts that led to Bellavia receiving this honor. His actions saved the lives of members from his own platoon.
The U.S. Army put a piece together (below) featuring Bellavia and his accounts of that mission during Operation Phantom Fury.
A decorated Army veteran, Bellavia is currently a co-host of WBEN-AM’s afternoon drive alongside Tom Bauerle, a position which he started in 2016. Before that, he served as a fill-in host and had a regular evening program beginning in 2012. He has also run for public office on two occasions in the 26th Congressional District.