ISRAEL'S 20,532 SONS & DAUGHTERS
THE JEWISH WORLD MOURNS THEM ALL...
LIST OF FALLEN SOLDIERS
Pre-State - 1,589
1,589 men & women gave their lives without seeing their dream of an independent Jewish State come true. These include members of the Shomer, Nili, Haganah, Etzel (Irgun), and Lechi (Stern Gang) as well as the members of organizations who assisted the Ha'apalah and Bricha programs, volunteers in the British Mandate police, and Jewish citizens of Palestine who volunteered for the WWl Turkish army and WWll British army.
29.11.47 - 20.7.49 - War of Independence - 4,783
4,783 men and women gave their lives as the combined Arab armies were determined to make the Jewish State stillborn. Many of these brave soldiers were survivors of the Nazi death camps who came ashore and were handed weapons without training or knowledge of the language. Without the dual sacrifice of these remarkable individuals there would be no State today.
1949-1956 The Early Years - 1,151
1,151 additional men and women lost their lives during the early years of the State as terrorist organizations and the surrounding Arab states continued making life hard on the newborn Israel.
1956 - Mivtzah Kadesh - The Sinai Campaign - 231
231 men and women lost their lives as Israel, for the first time, took the offensive.
1956-1967 - Years with a Divided Jerusalem - 1,001
1,001 men and women lost their lives as the young State endured a divided capital city and impossible borders snaking along its center.
1967 - The Six Day War - 776
776 men and women lost their lives during this, the most remarkable of all modern military campaigns, which saw Israel regain control over its entire capital city, the biblical city's of Hevron and Shchem, the Sinai and the Golan Heights.
1967-1973 - The War of Attrition - 2,069
In what has become known as Israel's forgotten war, 2,069 additional men and women lost their lives as terrorist organizations and the surrounding Arab states continued making life hard on the newly emerged and confident Israel. This number includes the soldiers lost in the Dakar submarine which drowned on its maiden voyage from England as well as the men who held the line on the Suez Canal and those who bravely chased potential terrorists all over the Judean mountains.
6/10/73-31/5/74 - The Yom Kippur War - 2,687
As with the previous lists, this number will continue to rise as soldiers injured during this bloodiest of Israeli conflicts succumb to their injuries and others, currently listed as Missing In Action are hopefully found in the sands of Sinai and Egypt and laid to a proper and honorable rest in Israel.
1974-1982 - "The Years of Peace" - 2,020
The majority of these 2,020 young lives were lost chasing terrorists away from the Northern border with Lebanon as Israel's peace treaty with Egypt moved its most actively hostile border from south to north. One well known name among these 2,020 is Yonatan Netanyahu, hy"d, the commander of the Israeli commando forces that heroically stormed the Entebbe airport and secured the freedom of the Air France passengers held hostage there.
5.6.82 - 31.5.85 - Operation Peace For Galilee - 1,217
1,217 men and women gave their lives as Israel struggled to protect the families living in northern Israel as terrorist organizations continued harassing the countries northern cities, towns and kibbutzim with katyusha rockets and terror attacks. Four names NOT on this list are Zechariah Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, Yehudah Katz, and Ron Arad - the MIAs who we all continue to hope and pray are soon found and brought home safely.
1.6.85-31.3.98 - Still in Lebanon - 2,806
Itamar Iliya, hy"d, who was killed during the commando raid in September 1997 is the only soldier on this list that has yet to be brought to burial. His body is still being held by terrorist forces in Lebanon.
We cannot for the moment list all 20,532 names -
though we should and will. Following are the names of the 73 IDF soldiers who perished in
the tragic helicopter crash in February, 1997. May they stand to represent all the heroes
that came before them...
|Rank & Name||Age||Home Town|
|Major Yirmi Cohen||23||Rosh HaAyin|
|Major Ronnen Halfon||35||Tiberias|
|Major Yisrael Hushani||34||Tel Aviv|
|Major Yasis Edan||44||Ramat HaSharon|
|Captain Vitali Radinsky||33||Ohr Akiva|
|Captain Vadim Melnik||24||Tzfat|
|Lieut. Shai Abuksis||22||Michmoret|
|Lieut. Alon Rivan||21||Givat Zeev|
|Lieut. Dotan Cohen||21||Hadera|
|Lieut. Eran Peretz||21||Degania Alef|
|Lieut. Kobi Ben Shem||20||Ramat HaSharon|
|Lieut. Erez Stark||20||Kiryat Ata|
|Lieut. Nir Shreibman||20||Kfar Saba|
|Lieut. Alon Bavian||21||Givat Ze'ev|
|Lieut. Dvir Lanir||21||Moledet|
|Lieut. Gil Eisen||21||Nes Tziyona|
|Mst.-Sgt. Paul Bibes||26||Ashdod|
|Sgt.-Major Gal Meizels||21||Kiryat Ata|
|Sgt.-Major Tamir Gelser||24||Tel Aviv|
|Sgt.-Major Sagi Arzi||22||Kfar Yonah|
|Staff Sgt. Tzafrir Shoval||22||Kibbutz Baram|
|Staff Sgt. Dan Arman||20||Ra'anana|
|Staff Sgt. Emil Azulai||20||Eilat|
|Staff Sgt. Gil Sharabi||20||Rechovot|
|Staff Sgt. Gilad Meshker||20||Yerushalayim|
|Staff Sgt. Ilan Lantzizki||20||Kiryat Chayim|
|Staff Sgt. Michael Katz||20||Mitzpe Netofa|
|Staff Sgt. Moshe Saban||19||Hod HaSharon|
|Staff Sgt. Omer Shalit||19||Yerushalayim|
|Staff Sgt. Rafi Balilti||Migdal HaEmek|
|Staff Sgt. Tom Kitain||20||Neve Shalom|
|Staff Sgt. Asaf Siboni||20||Kibbutz Nir Am|
|Staff Sgt. Shilo Levi||21||Karnei Shomron|
|Staff Sgt. Shachar Kisom||20||Alfei Menashe|
|Staff Sgt. Ron Herman||20||Ranaana|
|Staff Sgt. Avraham Hofner||21||Kiryat Tivon|
|Staff Sgt. Eidan Alpert||20||Bat Yam|
|Staff Sgt. Asaf Rotenberg||20||Tel Aviv|
|Staff Sgt. Nadav Lischensky||20||Sde Avraham|
|Sgt. Dani Ze'evi||19||Haifa|
|Sgt. Tamir Glazer||20||Holon|
|Sgt. Micha Gottlieb||20||Tel Aviv|
|Sgt. Eitan Maman||25||Beer Sheva|
|Sgt. Gilad Moshel||20||Tel Aviv|
|Sgt. Avraham Ofner||21||Yerushalayim|
|Sgt. Fahdi Kazmal||19||Beit Jahn|
|Sgt. Gideon Mulado||21||Lod|
|Sgt. Nir Ben-Chaim||20||Kibbutz Yifat|
|Sgt. Assaf Dahan||19||Yerushalayim|
|Sgt. Gideon Posner||22||Tel Aviv|
|Sgt. Shachar Rosenberg||19||Nes Tziyona|
|Sgt. Vadislav Michaelov||22||Tel Aviv|
|Sgt. Vitali Pesachov||19||Acco|
|Sgt. Yaron Tzafir||20||Tel Aviv|
|Sgt. Itai Adler||19||Ra'anana|
|Sgt. Avner Alter||20||Kibbutz Ashdod Yaakov|
|Sgt. Yonatan Armedi||20||Ma'ale Adumim|
|Sgt. Menachem Feldman||20||Haifa|
|Sgt. Avishai Gidron||19||Kiryat Motzkin|
|Sgt. Idan Minker||20||Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak|
|Sgt. Aviv Gonen||20||Kfar Sirkin|
|Sgt. Tomer Kedar||21||Kibbutz Negba|
|Sgt. Moshe Saban||19||Hod HaSharon|
|Sgt. Tomer Goldberg||19||Moshav Dishon|
|Sgt. Yiftach Shalpoversky||20||Hod HaSharon|
|Sgt. Khamed Rahel||26||Zarzir|
|Sgt. Zaphir Sharoni||25||Natanya|
|Sgt. Yaron Tzofiof||20||Tel Aviv|
|Cpl. Shlomo Pizuati||19||Tiberias|
One of the soldiers killed in the crash, Assaf
Rotenberg, was interviewed a week earlier on Israel Television, following the detonation
of the Hizbullah bomb in Lebanon which killed three of his fellow soldiers. He was asked,
"How is it to return to the front lines in Lebanon after such an event? Is it hard to
return?" Assaf Rotenberg answered, "We have no choice but to continue the job.
It's hard, but I don't think I feel badly that I am returning to this outpost and not to a
safer base somewhere within Israel; exactly the opposite."
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