Giora Shahar (Markovitch) was born on May 16, 1943 in Tel Aviv to Uriel and Shoshana. He attended the Oliphant Elementary School in Tel Aviv and studied in Kfar Hayarok and at the New High School.
In August 1961 he was drafted into the IDF and volunteered for the Armored Corps, successfully completing courses in the Centurian tanks, as a tank commander and as an officer. When the Six Day War broke out Giora was in the US and he spent the entire war at the airport waiting to fly home. To his great disappointment he succeeded only after the war was concluded.
He worked as manpower director and sociologist at an ammunition plant. At the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, Giora was called up and sent to the Golan Heights with his unit. On October 11, 1973 his tank was hit by a shell and he was killed instantly. He was laid to rest at the cemetery in Kiryat Shaul, leaving behind his wife Lucy, infant son Arik, parents, and sister.