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Remembering 'GI Jew'

by: JTA - Last updated: 2007-07-04

Daniel Agami

Daniel Agami

More than 1000 mourners attended the funeral of a Jewish soldier from South Florida who was killed in Iraq.

US Army Specialist Daniel Agami, 25, affectionately known as "GI Jew," was killed in Baghdad on June 21 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Agami was buried last week with full military honors at the Star of David Cemetery in North Lauderdale, Florida.

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.

Agami was a graduate of the Florida's Hebrew Academy Community School.

Rabbi Yossi Denburg, dean of the school, said at the funeral that Agami “kept kosher while in the Army, he slept with an American and Israeli flag over his bunk, his rifle had a sign titled 'The Hebrew Hammer' and he named the US Army-issued yarmulke his 'Combatika.' " 

The Hebrew Academy has set up a scholarship fund in Agami's name. Captain Jared Purcell, an army public affairs officer in Baghdad, said that in addition to his role as a combat soldier, Agami was a mentor to orphaned children in Iraq.