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Philip Balkin



Brooklyn, NY USA

Armored Corps

Date And Place Of Death

Date And Place Of Death

December 27, 1948, 25 Kislev, Auja-el-Hafiron

Security Unit

Armored Corps

War / Battle

War of Independence, Operation Ayin

Resting Place

Nachlat Yitzhak Cemetery

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Parents Hometown

Brooklyn, NY USA

Residence In Israel

Aliyah Date

October 1948

Life Story

Philip Balkin was born on February 2, 1929 to David and Betty, in Brooklyn, NY. In 1935 the family moved to Los Angeles, where the father, a veteran leather-worker was employed in a shoe factory. Phil was drafted into the American army in 1946 and saw over a year of service in the Far East. He was determined to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Jerry and serve in the IDF. In October 1948 he left the US, first for France and then to Israel. He immediately volunteered for the army and was attached to a commando unit in the Armored Corps. He fought in the War of Independence's last major campaign, Operation Ayin, against Egypt. He fell in the attack on Auja-el-Hafiron December 27, 1948. On July 20, 1949 he was reinterred in the cemetery in Nahalat Yitzchak.
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