Israeli Army Decorates 72 War Heroes; JTA Man Cited for War Coverage

Israel today awarded 72 decorations for bravery, 21 of them posthumously, to officers and men who were cited for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty during last June’s Six-day War.

Thirty of the soldiers received their decorations personally from Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin at his headquarters. The posthumous awards will go to the relatives of the deceased soldiers. The decorations were awarded mainly for outstanding bravery in leading men in assault, and for rescuing wounded comrades under fire.

Eighty-six more officers and men are scheduled to receive commendations tomorrow from their respective front commanders. An additional 122 junior officers and men will get commendations at a later date from local commanders.

In Jerusalem, today, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Jerusalem correspondent was among five journalists awarded special prizes for the best coverage of last June’s six-day war. The prizes were donated by Joseph Rosensaft on behalf of the organization of survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

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