Former IDF military attache in Washington passes away

Maj. Gen. (res.) Avraham Adan served first in the Palmach and then in the IDF (Zahal), taking part in Israel’s first four wars

Date: 29/09/2012, 8:47 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Maj. Gen. (res.) Avraham Adan, the IDF (Zahal)’s former attache in Washington, passed away yesterday (Friday, September 28) at age 86. He is survived by his three children, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The time of his funeral has yet to be announced.

The IDF (Zahal) salutes Maj. Gen. (res.) Adan on his legacy and great contributions to the security of the State of Israel. Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the General Staff Forum, and the commanders and soldiers of the IDF (Zahal) in regular service and the reserves likewise salute Maj. Gen. (res.) Adan’s memory and share his family’s sorrow.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sadness over the passing of Maj. Gen. (res.) Adan, saying, “A courageous soldier and commander has passed away. One of the symbols of the State of Israel. The legacy of this man, who together with the State of Israel wrote its history, will stay with us forever.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke of Maj. Gen. (res.) Adan’s role in the battle for Eilat during the War of Independence, in which he famously hoisted a makeshift flag over Israel’s southernmost city. “We remember the picture of [him] over the ink flag during the capture of Eilat in 1948. I had the privilege of fighting under his command… [Maj. Gen. (res.) Adan] was one of the most important field commanders of the IDF (Zahal), who set a personal example and with composure under fire exemplified the norms that have guided the IDF (Zahal) from its inception through today. Generations of soldiers will always remember him.”

Avraham Adan was born in Kfar Gileadi in 1926. In 1943, he enlisted in the Palmach. During the War of Independence, he was a commander in the Palmach’s Negev Brigade, before beginning his service in the nascent IDF (Zahal).

He resigned from the army in 1952 but returned in 1956, commanding the Gaash Formation during that year’s Sinai Campaign.

He served as deputy commander of the Pillar of Fire Division during the 1967 Six Day War, and as commander of the Steel Formation during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In 1975, he was appointed military attache in Washington.