Shani (Friedberg), Dan
Son of Yosef and Eve. He was born on May 3, 1936 in Givat Brenner and was two years old when his parents left the farm and settled in Rishon Letzion. He studied at Habib Elementary School in the city and as part of his activities at Maccabi Hatzair he served as a class coordinator. He was also an active player in the handball team. After graduating from elementary school, he studied at the Amal vocational school in Ramle. He was active in the Gadna and completed a course with honorary commanders. Dan was drafted into the IDF in May 1954, and was assigned to the elite armored corps unit, and successfully completed the officers’ course, and during his completion of the officer’s course he participated in Operation Kadesh in the occupation of the Gaza Strip. He served for about a year in the career army and after his release married a wife and moved to the railroads. Soon he settled into the agriculture and liked everything. In the kibbutz he concentrated on the Shlachin branch and continued to guide youth as the center of the “Young Brigade”. He spent five years in the kibbutz and then left and lived for a short period in Ashdod. In the factory that helped establish him, he worked as a maintenance manager. His love for the IDF did not allow him all that time, and Dan returned to the IDF as a career soldier. During this period he moved to Tenth. Dan was sent to the United States to learn a new “tool” that the IDF was about to receive, and when he returned he was among the entrants of the Patton tank to serve in the IDF. He commanded six tanks and managed to overcome an ambush of some 18 “Stalin” tanks and destroyers, and after the war he served as an officer in the Operations Branch and was sent to the Command and Staff School. On May 23, 1970, when he was on a tour, he fell in the area of the Suez Canal in the shelling of the enemy and was brought to eternal rest in the military section of the cemetery in Rishon Letzion. Dan was promoted to lieutenant colonel from the day they fell.