18 August 2006

The Heroes of Golani Brigade's Battalion 51 - Part 2

Remember this post about the Golani Brigade's Battalion 51 who lost eight soldiers and suffered over 20 wounded in the battle for Bint Jbail in southern Lebanon?

Pam at Iraq War Today has a translation of a Hebrew e-mail sent by friends of the late Major Roi Klein, Commander of C Company:

The little that we can do for somebody who sacrificed his life in such a heroic way is to tell his story.

It is not clear why the media ignored this story. Maybe his altruistic behaviour is unpopular or maybe it does not fit with the image of the suffering, sensitive and fearful soldier that some Israeli media are trying to nurture.

Last week, Major Roi Klein, lieutenant commander of Regiment 51 in the Golani Brigade, from Eli was the highest-ranking officer among his troops at the time in the Lebanese town of Bint AlJubeil.

In the midst of a battle he noticed that Hizballah terrorists have lobbed a grenade that landed close to his soldiers. Since the detonation of the grenade was imminent. He leaped and blocked most of the fragmentation from the grenade with his body, thereby saving his troops. His soldiers said that he cried “Shma Israel” when he jumped to block the grenade.

Read the rest.

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