Receives U.S. Medal of Honor
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
(Ted) Rubin, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor
who as a U.S. soldier saved dozens of comrades
in the Korean War, was awarded America's highest
military honor on Friday by President George W.
76, was given the Medal of Honor for gallantry
displayed as an Army corporal in the 1950-53 (Korean)
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.
was born in Hungary and sent to the Nazi concentration
camp in Mauthausen, Austria, as a boy of 13. His
parents and a sister were killed during their
imprisonment, but Rubin survived for 14 months
and was freed when American soldiers stormed the
was liberated from the camp by U.S. troops after
two years and swore to pay back the country
for that freedom, and eventually emigrated to
America in 1948 and joined the Army. Not yet
a citizen, he volunteered for Army service and
by July 1950 was on the front lines in Korea.
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.
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
the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter, the 8th
Cavalry Regiment proceeded northward and advanced
into North Korea. During the advance, he helped
capture several hundred North Korean soldiers.
October 30, 1950, Chinese forces attacked his
unit at Unsan, North Korea, during a massive nighttime
assault. Rubin took hold of his unitís only remaining
weapon ó a machine gun whose previous three gunners
had been shot That night and throughout the next
day he manned his machine gun until his ammunition
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.
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.
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
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.
repeatedly risking his own life to save others,
Corporal Rubin exemplified the highest ideals
of military service and fulfilled a pledge to
give something back to the country that had
given him his freedom," Bush said in a
tearful White House East Room ceremony, with
Rubin at his side.
2006 Tibor Rubin was also presented
with a Certificate of Service displaying
his Medal of Honor among other medals
and awards. The text showing his experience
of Honor Recipient
Tibor (Ted) Rubin
"Served with Gallantry Above
and Beyond the Call of Duty During the
Korean War. Corporal Rubin single-handedly
defended a hill for twenty four hours,
giving his company time to withdraw. He
was severely wounded and captured.
his two years as a Prisoner of War he
is credited with saving at least forty
more lives, tending to the needs of the
prisoners, again risking his own life
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