Friday September 16, 2005
President George W. Bush announced he will honor Cpl. Tibor Rubin in recognition of his courageous actions in Korea from 1950 to 1953. The Medal of Honor will be presented to Rubin during a White House ceremony, Sept. 23.
As a youth, Rubin was forced from his native Hungarian Jewish community to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. His family perished in the Holocaust. Rubin survived for two years until the camp was liberated by American troops.
Rubin immigrated to the United States in 1948 and answered the noble call to duty by volunteering for Army service. By July 1950, Rubin was fighting on the front lines in Korea as an infantryman in I "Item" Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
During numerous engagements, Rubin's actions to engage the enemy and to tend the wounded, at careless disregard for his own safety, resulted in the heroic defense of his unit. In one such mission, Rubin single-handedly defended a hill for 24 hours thereby allowing his company to withdraw.
During another battle, Rubin was severely wounded and captured. For two and a half years, Rubin risked his life daily to keep his fellow Soldiers alive and hopeful in two of the worst prisoner of war camps. His personal actions to obtain food and to provide medical care directly resulted in more that 40 Soldiers surviving.
Site on The Army Homepage dedicated to Corporal Tibor Rubin
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