Corporal Tibor Rubin, Korean War Veteran
Mr. Tibor (Ted) Rubin will receive the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony on September 23, 2005.
Spouse: Yvonne, his wife of 42 years
Children: Frank, served four years in the US Air Force and is employed at the Veteran’s Administration in Long Beach, CA
Rosalyn, employed as a school teacher
Nation of Birth: Hungary, June 18, 1929
US Army service: February 13, 1950 - July 20, 1953
POW in North Korea for 30 months
Wounded twice and received two purple heart awards
Units of Service: 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
100% service-connected Disabled American Veteran
Ted Rubin’s life before and after service in the Army:
The personal character of Corporal Rubin and his “call to duty” are exemplified in this very recent quote--
“I always wanted to become a citizen of the United States and when I became a citizen it was one of the happiest days in my life. I think about the United States and I am a lucky person to live here. When I came to America, it was the first time I was free. It was one of the reasons I joined the U.S. Army because I wanted to show my appreciation.”
Ted is a survivor of 14 months in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Liberated by the U.S. Army, he credits Army medics for saving the lives of survivors. He notes, “I thank God that I came to the United States.”
He follows a legacy of military service in his family--his father, Ferenz, was a Soldier in the Hungarian Army and a hero in World War I, and was a prisoner of war (POW) in Russia for over six years. During WWII, his father was moved to Auschwitz and later to Buchenwald where he died. Ted’s uncle was also a POW. His mother, Rosa and 10 year-old sister, Elonja died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz, Germany. His older brother, Mike Lesak fought with the English and Czech in World War II.
Ted worked as a butcher before he entered the Army, but his war injuries prevented him from continuing. He worked as a clerk and later as a manager at a liquor store owned by his brother, Emery I. Rubin. Emery is also a survivor of a concentration camp. Later, Emery brought on Ted as a partner at a liquor store.
He became an American citizen in 1953-1954 (exact date unknown).
Travels and hobbies:
He has traveled all over the world to include: Turkey (to visit his POW friends), Israel, Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Austria, Mexico, Sweden, and Norway. Hobbies include reading and talking with people. He enjoys soccer, chess and ping-pong. He competed as an amateur boxer in his younger days in Germany.