Ben-Zion Leitner

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Ben-Zion Leitner
Leitner circa 1949
Born c. 1927
Died March 25, 2012 (aged 85)
Allegiance  Israel
Service/branch Israel Defense Forces
Rank Private First Class
Battles/wars War of Independence
Awards Medal of Valor
Hero of Israel

Ben-Zion Leitner (c. 1927 – March 25, 2012) was an Israeli soldier, who received the nation's highest military decoration, the Hero of Israel citation (now the Medal of Valor), for heroism during the War of Independence.

He led an assault that resulted in the blowing up of a bunker at a police position in Iraq Suweidan which resulted in half of his face becoming paralysed. He was a native of Odessa[1][2]


  1. ^ "Ben-Zion Leitner Passes Away at the Age of 85". Arutz Sheva. 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Israeli war hero, Ben-Zion Leitner, passes away". 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-28.