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Shlomo Shamir

Shlomo Shamir

Shlomo Shamir (15 June 1915 – 19 May 2009) was the third Commander of the

Israeli Navy (1949–1950), and the first Israeli Navy Commander to receive the rank

of Aluf. He was the third Commander of theIsraeli Air Force(1950–1951).

Biography

Shlomo Shamir was born Shlomo Rabinowitch, in Berdychiv, Russian Empire. He

was taken to Palestine in 1925. In 1929 he joined the Haganah and was instrumental

in smuggling weapons and illegal Jewish immigrants into Palestine during the time

of the British Mandate and the White Paper of 1939. In 1940 he received his pilot

license, and in the same year he joined the Royal Air Force in order to fight the

Nazis and gain experience in warfare. In 1946 he was discharged from the British

military with the rank of major.

creating the Burma Road. At the end of the Israeli War of Independence he was

offered the job of Chief of the General Staff, but he refused. Instead he served other

capacities, eventually becoming the third Commander of the Israeli Navy in May

1949. He helped build the small Israeli Navy by purchasing a new corvette and

advanced torpedo boats. In 1950, he was replaced as Commander of the Israeli Navy

by Mordechai Limonand became the Commander of theIsraeli Air Force. Under his

Haim Laskov and retired from theIsrael Defense Forces. [1][2]

In civilian life, Shamir became a successful businessman, creating many companies.

He received a master's degree in Social Sciences from Tel Aviv University and a

master's degree in administration fromHarvard University.

On 19 May 2009 Shamir died inTel Aviv at the age of 93, leaving his daughter Yael,

two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. [3]

References

Shlomo Shamir Born 15 June 1915 Berdychiv, Russian Empire Died 19 May 2009 (aged 93)
Shlomo Shamir
Born
15 June 1915
Berdychiv, Russian
Empire
Died
19 May 2009
(aged 93)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Allegiance
Israel
Service/
Israeli Navy
branch
Israeli Air
Force
Years of
1929–1951
service
Rank
Aluf
Commands
held
Commander of the
Israeli Navy,
Commander of the
Israeli Air Force
Battles/wars
World War II
Israeli War of
Independence