Summary of decorations awarded

The following tabel is based on data as published by IDF personnel department, available in 2010. This website contains data of recipients of the Medals of Valor, Courage or Distinguished Service, as well as Chief of Staff Citations. Of several awards the name of recipient is not published, nor the justification or date of the award, because of security reasons.

   

Period

Medal of Valor

Medal of Courage

Medal of Distinguished Service

Chief of Staff Citation

Total

War of Independence

12

-

-

-

12

Between War of Independence and Sinai Campaign

1

23

15

4

43

Sinai Campaign

5

21

3

-

29

Between Sinai Campaign and Six Day War

1

23

66

54

144

Six Day War

12

39

207

-

258

Between Six Day War and Yom Kippur War

1

14

97

3

115

Yom Kippur War

8

93

195

103

399

Between Yom Kippur War and Peace of Galilee War

-

1

4

10

15

Peace of Galilee War

-

2

4

5

11

Between Peace of Galilee War and Second Lebanon War

-

1

-

18

19
Second Lebanon War - 6 12 20 38
After Second Lebanon War - 1 - - 1

Total amount

40

224

603

217

1084
 
In addition to these published awards, it is possible that many decorations were awarded of which no publication at all is given, because of security reasons.
 

Summary of IDF decorations awarded, according to ranks, based on data published in 2005

  

Rank

Medal of Valor Medal of Courage Medal of Distinguished Service Chief of Staff Citation Total
Lieutenant General 0 0 0 0 0
Major General 0 0 0 0 0
Brigadier General 0 0 0 0 0
Colonel 0 2 3 0 5
Lieutenant Colonel 1 18 22 13 54
Major 3 30 48 16 97
Captain 4 33 74 30 141
Lieutenant 7 39 115 30 191
Second Lieutenant 2 13 18 9 42
Senior Academic Officer 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Officer 0 0 0 0 0
Chief Warrant Officer 0 0 0 0 0
Warrant Officer 0 0 0 0 0
Sergeant Major 0 0 0 0 0
Sergeant First Class 0 0 5 2 7
First Sergeant 1 5 14 5 25
Staff Sergeant 1 13 45 13 72
Sergeant 6 15 99 17 137
Corporal 1 25 75 18 119
First Private 1 1 6 0 8
Private

10

19 59 0 88
Squad Commander 1 0 0 0 1
Airman 1 0 0 0 1
Captain of ship 1 0 0 0 1
Superintendent 0 1 0 0 1
Civilian 0 0 0 7 7
Engineer 0 0 4 1 5
Unit (battalion etc.) 0 0 1 2 3
Classified 0 0 0 17 17
Total 40 214 588 180 1022

Summary of IDF decorations, according to year of awarding, based on data published in 2005

Year

Medal of Valor Medal of Courage Medal of
Distinguished Service
Chief of Staff Citation Total
1955 1 1
1958 1 1
1961 2 2
1962 1 1
1962 7 7
1966 5 5
1967 4 4
1972 1 1
1973 34 117 389 3 543
1975 6 87 161 81 335
1976 7 30 25 62
1977 2 2 4
1979 1 1
1980 1 1
1981 1 1
1983 2 4 5 11
1984 1 1
1987 2 2
1989 2 2
1994 2 2
2001 1 1
2005 1 1 2 4
classified 30 30
Total 40 214 588 180 1022

Multiple Awards of decorations, based on data published in 2005

 
Name Medal of Valor Medal of Courage Medal of Distinguished Service Chief Of Staff Citation Total
Avigdor Kahalani 1 1 2
Shlomo Nitzani 1 1 2
Amnon Lipkin Shahak 2 2
Oved Ladishinsky 2 2
Ilan Egozi 1 1 2
Gad Carol   1 1   2
Yosef Dirhali   1 1   2
Moshe Klein 1 1 2
Dov Tamari 1 2 3
Mordechai Reter 1 1 2
Shlomo Hagani 2 2
Michael Burt 2 2
Nehamia Cohen 1 4 5
Ehud Barak 1 4 5
Amram Mitzna 1 1 2
Uriel Hefetz 1 1 2
Who is the most decorated IDF soldier ?

The awarding of decorations was never intended to encourage a competition, but as some former IDF officers entered politics, their decorations started playing a role in public relations. Above table shows that the largest number (5) of decorations was awarded to Ehud Barak and Nehamia Cohen.

However, while ordering the decorations according to importance (like ranking the Olympic medals per country), it appears that Avigdor Kahalani and Shlomo Nitzani, both with a Medal of Valor and Medal of Distinguished Service are on top.

Source: IDF