Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks at AUSA Webinar

Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks at AUSA Webinar

David Bellavia
Photo by: U.S. Army/Sgt. Kevin Roy

Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia will speak Feb. 21 as part of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Noon Report webinar series.

Bellavia, the only living recipient of the nation’s highest valor award for actions in Iraq, will discuss his new book, Remember the Ramrods: An Army Brotherhood in War and Peace. During his presentation, Bellavia will share how bonds with soldiers in his platoon motivated him to clear an enemy stronghold in Fallujah, Iraq, and how reuniting with them 15 years later helped the group grapple with their wartime service.

The webinar will begin at noon Eastern. It is free, but registration is required here.

Bellavia, a former staff sergeant who originally received the Silver Star, was awarded the Medal of Honor in June 2019. On Nov. 10, 2004, while serving as a squad leader in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Bellavia single-handedly cleared a house filled with insurgents and saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers.

Bellavia, who served with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, would return to Iraq as an embedded reporter, covering heavy fighting in 2006 and 2008. In 2007, he wrote and published House to House, detailing his experiences in Fallujah.

In Remember the Ramrods, published in November, Bellavia writes about the journey he and his fellow soldiers took over 15 years, from the war zone to civilian life to reuniting for the first time as a unit at Bellavia’s Medal of Honor ceremony.

“It is the story of how forty battle-hardened soldiers became ordinary citizens again; what they did during that time, and how November 10, 2004, rattled within them; and how their reunion brought them home at last,” according to a description of the book.