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|Born||July 31, 1936
Ramat Gan, Israel
|Died||March 5, 1975
Savoy Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
|Service/branch||Israel Defense Forces|
|Years of service||1955–1975|
Commander, Sayeret Matkal
|Battles/wars|| Sinai War
Six Day War
War of Attrition
Yom Kippur War
Uzi Yairi (31 July 1936 — 5 March 1975, Tel Aviv, Israel) was a commander of the elite Israeli army commando unit Sayeret Matkal. He was killed in action during a counter-terrorism operation to free hostages held by Palestinian terrorists at the Savoy Hotel.
Yairi became head of Sayeret Matkal at age 31 and a full colonel at only 35. He also served as a brigade commander during the Yom Kippur war, but left the army as a result of trauma he had suffered during the war. Тo commemorate him, moshav Ro'i was named after him. The name is acronym for Ramat Uzi Yairi.
- Ben Hartman (25 April 2012). "‘There’s no one like him in Israel to this day’". JPost.
- Vilnai, Ze'ev (1980). "Ro'i". Ariel Encyclopedia. Volume 8. Israel: Am Oved. p. 7404. (Hebrew)
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