NAME: Yeffet Mordechai

LEHI ALIAS: Yochanan

DATE OF BIRTH: 23 March, 1933

DATE FALLEN: 4 May, 1969

The son of Yeffet and Sarah, was born on March 23rd, 1933, in Tel Aviv. As a child, the family moved to a cottage in the Hatikva neighborhood, which was small and surrounded by fields.

When Mordechai was 6 years old, he was orphaned from his father, and the family’s economic situation worsened. He studied at “Yesod HaMa’aleh” school, he was a diligent student and was liked by his friends and teachers. He had a nice voice and after persuasion from the choir teacher, he joined the choir, that sang tunes from Yemen. While attending school, he divided his time between work and school. He had various jobs, such as selling newspapers, fruit and soft drinks, and cleaning stairways in buildings. While he was at school, the underground activities against the British rule began. Mordechai found his way into the Lehi underground. He would hang posters and performed every role assigned to him with devotion and loyalty.

Mordechai was drafted into the IDF in 1951 and volunteered to serve in the Paratroopers Corps. He went through all the grueling training stages. He worked in various places, but when the Sinai war broke out, he was recruited and took part in parachuting supplies to the ground forces that were in the heart of Sinai. After the war, he decided to become a truck driver, but saw no future in this work and stopped. In 1959, Mordechai found his beloved and they decided to marry. Mordechai worked hard to support his family.

On April 15th, 1969, he was called into reserve duty. On the 4th of May 1969, he died in the line of duty from a mortar shell at an outpost in the Jordan Valley. He left behind a wife and four children. He was laid to rest in the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul.

His commander wrote to his family a condolence letter: “I knew him as a soldier and as a man. In both he stood out, for he was always among the first, taking on the responsibilities with understanding and generosity, and with his enthusiasm, he would also inspire others to action. He would help and guide, encourage and motivate – and he did all this with humility. The same was true until the end, while in the line of duty and in the face of the enemy.”

His brother published a book in his memory titled “My Brother.”