2015 Man of the Year: Cpl. T

Cpl. T, 'The Terminator' / IDF
December 29, 2015

In the Israeli media, the anonymous IDF soldier was identified simply as "Cpl. T." Other outlets dubbed him "The Terminator." Whatever his name, the 19-year-old IDF rookie proved himself to be an international hero after he slayed three knife-wielding Palestinian terrorists in a nine-day span last fall.

On Oct. 17, two Palestinian fanatics with knives attacked an Israeli in Gush Etzion when they were put down by bullets from Cpl. T.’s gun. Nine days later, Cpl. T. smoked another terrorist who tried to stab a fellow soldier at a nearby bus stop.

The IDF released few details about Cpl. T., but said he had only been in the military for eight months and was in the "Kfir"—or "Lion’s Club"—brigade. The group is "the youngest and largest brigade in the Israel Defense Forces," according to the military.

While the young soldier has been lauded for his quick instincts and good aim, Cpl. T. says he was just doing his job.

"While I was guarding the intersection [in Gush Etzion], we discerned the suspect and called out to him to cross the street and come toward us," he said. "When he reached us, he pulled out a knife, intending to stab my friend who was with me. That same moment, I cocked my gun and shot him."

Thanks for your service, Cpl. T., and keep the dead terrorists coming.

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