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One-hundred and forty-two soldiers who fought in the Second Lebanon War were chosen by an IDF committee to receive medals of valor and citations of excellence for the courage they displayed during Israel's war against Hizbullah last summer.
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi authorized the final list of soldiers Tuesday night, including 38 who will be awarded their citations and medals from the chief of staff himself. The remaining soldiers will receive their medals from regional and division commanders. The final list was compiled by a committee headed by Maj.-Gen. Yishai Beer, until recently president of the IDF Appeals Court.
Ashkenazi will also award four citations for fallen soldiers, including Maj. Roi Klein, who will receive the Medal of Valor. Klein, who was deputy commander of Golani Battalion 51, was killed in Bint Jbail when he jumped on a grenade to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.
The medals will be given to the families of the fallen soldiers. Ashkenazi will award the citations during a ceremony in Tel Aviv on September 2.
"The courageous stories that were discovered during the war demonstrate the IDF's valor and camaraderie," Ashkenazi said Wednesday. "These soldiers are a source of pride for the entire IDF."