Maj. Tsafrir Baror, 32, of Holon had served in the Golani Brigade for the past 14 years and had fought in Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank. He leaves behind a wife, 8 months pregnant, and a year-old daughter.
Capt. Tsvi Kaplan, 28. of Kibbutz Meirav grew up in Haifa. He served in various command positions in Golani and was set to become a company commander within the coming months. He leaves behind a wife and two children, aged 5 and 3.
Sgt. Gilad Yacoby , 21, of Kiryat Ono was drafted into the service in March 2012. He was described by his family a sports and music lover who was highly motivated to serve in the IDF. He leaves behind his parents and two sisters.
Sgt. Oz Mendelovich, 21, of Atzmon in the Galilee was visited by his father Ofer days before entering Gaza. Ofer said he had taken a train to the south to visit his son a week ago because he had had “a bad feeling.” He took a picture of his son with his friends, then thought of it as an ominous act. Oz laughed it off saying “But you’ve already taken my picture.” He leaves behind his parents, a sister and a brother.
Sgt. Sean Carmeli, 21, of Ra’anana was born and raised in Texas. He immigrated to Israel in 2009, joining his two sisters here, and completed his High School studies. He was drafted to Golani in 2012. His parents are on their way to Israel after receiving word of their son’s death.