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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Corporal Tibor Rubin distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period from July 23, 1950, to April 20, 1953, while serving as a rifleman with Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in the Republic of Korea. While his unit was retreating to the Pusan Perimeter, Corporal Rubin was assigned to stay behind to keep open the vital Taegu-Pusan Road link used by his withdrawing unit. During the ensuing battle, overwhelming numbers of North Korean troops assaulted a hill defended solely by Corporal Rubin. He inflicted a staggering number of casualties on the attacking force during his personal 24-hour battle, single-handedly slowing the enemy advance and allowing the 8th Cavalry Regiment to complete its withdrawal successfully. Following the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter, the 8 th Cavalry Regiment proceeded northward and advanced into North Korea. During the advance, he helped capture several hundred North Korean soldiers. On October 30, 1950, Chinese forces attacked his unit at Unsan, North Korea, during a massive nighttime assault. That night and throughout the next day, he manned a .30 caliber machine gun at the south end of the unit's line after three previous gunners became casualties. He continued to man his machine gun until his ammunition was exhausted. His determined stand slowed the pace of the enemy advance in his sector, permitting the remnants of his unit to retreat southward. As the battle raged, Corporal Rubin was severely wounded and captured by the Chinese. Choosing to remain in the prison camp despite offers from the Chinese to return him to his native Hungary, Corporal Rubin disregarded his own personal safety and immediately began sneaking out of the camp at night in search of food for his comrades. Breaking into enemy food storehouses and gardens, he risked certain torture or death if caught. Corporal Rubin provided not only food to the starving Soldiers, but also desperately needed medical care and moral support for the sick and wounded of the POW camp. His brave, selfless efforts were directly attributed to saving the lives of as many as forty of his fellow prisoners. Corporal Rubin's gallant actions in close contact with the enemy and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
See the video of the Medal of Honor ceremony here.
Additional videos, including an interview with Tibor Rubin here.
Our previous entry detailing Corporal Rubin's heroic acts here.
Corporal Rubin's actions in Korea earned him four recommendations for the Medal of Honor. He was also nominated twice for the Distinguished Service Cross, and twice for the Silver Star. Had he received all those awards, he would have become the most decorated American veteran of the Korean War. But two Purple Hearts and a 100 percent disability were the only recognition he received - until now.
A look at "what took so long" here.
Congratulations to a fine American hero.
I only hope he got out of Washington without having to see Cindy Sheehan's anti-Israel stink wave ooze down the Mall.Posted by Old Soldier at September 24, 2005 04:55 PM
Great story! It's about time!
Finally, congratulations to another American hero. Our society can make mistakes but we do try to correct them too.
VFW Post 9949
Posted by Klug at September 24, 2005 07:21 PM
It's always the little gus that have the guts.
Sir: I am standing and saluting, as befits all wearers of our nation's highest honor; you have my thanks!Posted by Denny Gill at September 24, 2005 08:14 PM
I don't know if it's mentioned in the links, but Corporal Rubin's experitse in surviving the POW camps was learned from his time in a Nazi death camp, where, as a Jewish Hungarian, he was sent to by the Germans. (Among other things, he saved a wounded, infected prisoner in the NK camp by using maggots to eat out the gangrenous flesh, which he had learned at the death camp.) He only survived because our army overran the camp and nursed him back to health. He vowed to go to America and join our army in gratitude, which he did.
Can you imagine that? From a German death camp to a North Korean POW camp? And he's still alive!Posted by Jeff Z at September 24, 2005 08:24 PM
I am choking with pride to live in a country served by such great men. Thank you for posting this story.Posted by tcm at September 24, 2005 08:49 PM
Damn, that dude is short!Posted by mjk at September 24, 2005 09:46 PM
Damn. That dude is brave.Mozetov Corporal Rubin.Posted by Rusty at September 25, 2005 12:18 AM
You'd be short too if you spent two critical adolescent years starving in a concentration camp.
This story makes me both happy and sad. Happy he was awarded the medal before it was posthumous, but sad that he had to wait more than 40 years to be recognized.Posted by Croak at September 25, 2005 12:25 AM
We are lucky to benefit from such men as he.
I hope we deserve it!Posted by Don Meaker at September 25, 2005 12:51 AM
Humbling to be in the same service that has had men like Tibor Rubin in it before me. Wow.Posted by Major John at September 25, 2005 01:28 AM
My eyes well up with tears of pride for this man, Tibor Rubin. His dedication to fight personal prejudice as a result of his religion and his military dedication to become an American citizen, should cause all of us to renew our pledge to Americanism and stand up for religious and personal freedom here at home.Posted by alvin schneider at October 26, 2005 10:20 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(13) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)