Nechemya Cohen

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Nechemiah Cohen
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Born(1943-04-30)April 30, 1943
Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
DiedJune 5, 1967(1967-06-05) (aged 24)
AllegianceIsrael Defense Forces
UnitSayeret Matkal
Battles/warsSix-Day War
AwardsMedal of Distinguished Service

Nechemiah Cohen (Hebrew: נחמיה כהן; April 30, 1943 – June 5, 1967) is the most decorated soldier in the history of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He shares this honour with close friend and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Major Amitai Hason. He received five decorations – one Medal of Distinguished Service and four Chief Of Staff Citations. Cohen was killed in combat near the City of Gaza on June 5, 1967, the first day of the Six-Day War, aged 24.[1]


  1. ^ Pressfield, Steven (6 May 2014). The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War. New York: Penguin Group US. p. 339. ISBN 978-0-698-16397-3.