U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Christopher LaNeve, commanding general, 82nd Airborne Division, presents to U.S. flag to James Megellas during the funeral service for Megellas’ grandfather, U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Megellas. in Section 75 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Sept. 2, 2022.
Lt. Col. Megellas is considered the most decorated officers in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. His awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and other military honors for his World War II European service. Lt. Col. Megellas is being considered for the Medal of Honor for his service and leadership during the Battle of the Bulge, an upgrade of the Silver Star he received for this service.