Siman-Tov, son of Rivka and Eliahu, was born March 1924 in Jerusalem’s Georgian neighbourhood. His parents had made Aliyah from Tiblisi 1918; he was an only child. His father served in the Brigade, then worked in commerce. The parents’ house was nationalistic, flowing with love of the land and people. Siman-Tov studied at a ‘Heder’, then at a Hebrew School and an Italian School. He was fluent in Hebrew, English, Italian, and Georgian. Aged 16 he joined Lehi, pasting up info-bulletins across Jerusalem and other Lehi youngster activities. At the outbreak of WWII he joined the British Navy, excelled as a fighter and received the King’s Five Star decoration. Upon return he resumed Lehi activities. During the Independence War he served in the 8th Brigade’s 82nd Battalion. In the attack on Iraq-Souidan, he was injured in both legs by a canon shell which hit the vehicle he was driving. Three crewmembers were also injured. Despite serious injury, Siman-Tov opened fire using the vehicle’s machine-gun, allowing his comrades to retreat with the injured soldiers and reach other track-vehicles. He remained with the wounded soldiers inside the vehicle six hours, upon the battlefield, tending his comrades, helping them drink water. After several attempts, using the vehicle’s radio he called in their location requesting aid. His bravery saved all of their lives. He lost both his legs. Siman-Tov was awarded the “Hero of Israel” commendation for his courage, by first president Chaim Weizman. Siman-Tov married hospital nurse Lotte. They had three children. Yitzchak Sadeh followed his rapid rehabilitation and they grew close. Despite his injury, Siman-Tov often visited hospitals encouraging disabled patients. On the 20th Independence Day Celebrations, Siman-Tov was supposed to light a beacon, symbolising his heroic struggle in rehabilitating himself . But before the ceremony, while clearing away a Tel-Nof Base scrap-yard, an old shell exploded and he sustained a stomach injury and spent hours entirely alone again. He died on the operating table on March 6,1968, and was buried at Mt. Herzl’s military section. Son Eliyahu, a Paratrooper, lit the torch in memory of his father.