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Eran Aloni

First Name

Eran

Fell On

12 December 2023

Age

19

Last Name

Aloni

Army Unit

Golani Brigade

Army Rank

Sergeant

יהי זכרו ברוך

Eran Aloni was only 19 when he fell in battle at Shuja’iyya, Gaza, leaving behind a legacy of bravery and purpose. Born in the small town of Ofakim, Israel, he had a spark of leadership and a deep love for his homeland that was evident to anyone who met him. Even as a child, Eran was known for his loyalty and kindness, always ready to care for the neighborhood dogs when their owners were away and sharing a special bond with his own German Shepherd, Timmy.

At 17, Eran penned a letter as part of the “Lehaz” program, a youth mentorship initiative aimed at encouraging meaningful military service among teenagers in Israel’s periphery. In that letter, he wrote, “I, Eran Aloni, know one thing about myself: I was born to do something significant in this life, in this country.” He envisioned himself in uniform, charting a path in the army where he could make a difference.

With unwavering determination, Eran joined the Golani Brigade, one of Israel’s most prestigious infantry units. He served as both a combat soldier and a medic in Battalion 51. On weekends, while others relaxed, he studied trauma and anatomy, preparing to be the best medic for his comrades. He meticulously maintained his medical kit and kept himself physically fit, ready to act at a moment’s notice. For Eran, this role was not just a task but a life mission.

He had an undeniable charisma that drew people to him, a sense of humor that lightened the toughest moments, and a quiet yet compelling leadership style. His mentors from the “Lehaz” project fondly remembered his golden curls, his open-mindedness, and how seriously he took every piece of advice given to him. He always stayed behind after sessions, asking thoughtful questions, and seeking guidance for his journey to leadership.

But Eran was not only a soldier; he was a brother to Omer, Amit, and Ofri, whom he practically raised, and a son to Jenny and Doron. He cared deeply for his family and his community, sharing his positive energy and kindness with friends from all backgrounds.

In his final moments, Eran lived out the very ideals he had set for himself. When an explosive device detonated during the battle in Shuja’iyya, Eran did not hesitate. He sprinted into the danger zone, trying to rescue his wounded friends and commanders. His courage and dedication came at the ultimate cost, but his spirit of selflessness left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him.

In his letter, Eran wrote, “We only fight when there is something to defend,” believing deeply in the justice of his mission. Though his dream of becoming an officer or a veterinarian will never be realized, he has left a legacy of bravery, leadership, and love for Israel that will live on in the hearts of all those he touched.

First Name

Eran

Last Name

Aloni

Age

19

Fell On

12 December 2023

Army Unit

Golani Brigade

Army Rank

Sergeant

יהי זכרו ברוך

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