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David Bellavia, absolute badass

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Not sure how many caught it, but this guy is the first living Iraq Medal of Honor recipient. For anyone in the know, he should have gotten it years ago. Initially got the Silver Star.

Cliffs notes, this guy ran into a building full of bad guys, alone, and killed them all. This happened in Falluja, during Phantom Fury (biggest op of the Iraq war). Two of those he killed were during hand to hand... one with a knife, the other with the strike plate from his vest. In Infantry terms, he is a bad motherfucker.

Read his book about 10 years ago. Was surprised it took this long. What I remember in his book was how much he put those around him on a pedestal. Not himself.

Well, here he is again.

The ceremony is to recognize him. For extraordinary valor...

So he brings a few of his guys with him on stage. That alone speaks volumes. They werent with him for what hes being recognized for...but he feels they are just as deserving.

Then he spends his whole speech talking up people by name. Vets in general. 2/7 Cav (Garryowen!), a totally separate unit. The Marines (it was a Marine op, but his unit and 2/7 were the breachers). 20 mins of giving everyone but himself the spotlight.

Amazing guy. Regardless of your politics, give his speech a few mins. (Some of it makes me want to go back in). But more, admire this guy for who he is.... a freakin beast, who feels like hes just one of the guys. That others deserve the credit.

Bravo, Staff Sergeant



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