RIP MOH recipient Tibor Rubin

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RIP MOH recipient Tibor Rubin

The sad news that Tibor Ruben comes from Stars & Stripes. A Jew in Hungary, he survived the Holocaust while imprisoned at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria for two years. Two of his sisters perished during their imprisonment. Out of gratitude to the US forces that liberated, he joined the Army and got caught up in the Korean War. This is from his Medal of Honor citation;

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.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

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I met Tibor Rubin at the unveiling of his MOH plaque in Santa Ana years ago. I remember his humor when he wondered why President Bush was so nice to him as he didn't do anything special in his view. What a humble man he was. He's one of those rare people you feel honored to have met.

It is men like Tibor Rubin who go above and beyond the call of duty who think more of those around them than themselves. Thank you for passing on his story.

When our nation has needed men of courage they have been there. I truly believe God will guide use as long as we call on his name.

This gentleman made heroism a way of life for his entire service. That is a real hero, a selfless human being.

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