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The knife that saved the Iraq War's first living Medal of Honor recipient

Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia says he likely wouldn't have made it out of the Second Battle of Fallujah alive had it not been for his knife

President Donald Trump awards Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia the Medal of Honor at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Bellavia is a Iraq veteran who cleared an insurgent strongpoint and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety

'This country is worthy of any sacrifice' — David Bellavia receives the Medal of Honor

""We have a volunteer force that does it every single day ... We are not kicking down doors because we want to make sure we get paid on the 1st and the 15th. We do that because we love our country, we love our Army, and we love each other"

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'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents

The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.

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The Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient could also receive 15 years’ worth of back pay

As a Medal of Honor recipient, former Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia will also be eligible for retroactive monthly pension payments stretching back to 2004

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This Army veteran will become the Iraq War's first living Medal of Honor recipient

A former Army staff sergeant who took on enemy fighters at close range, first with an M249 light machine gun and then with a knife, will be the first living veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive the Medal of Honor