Tibor Rubin was born Hungary on June 18, 1929 and was a Holocaust survivor. He also received a Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medal. He died on December 5, 2015.
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by
Act of Congress, 3 March 1863, has awarded the Medal of Honor to
Corporal Tibor Rubin
United States Army
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 the 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 Calvary Regiment to complete its withdraw successfully. Following 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. On October 30, 1950, Chinese forces attacked his unit at Unsan, North Korea, during the 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 a 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 for 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 tradition of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Orange County Walk of Honor by AMVETS
More about Tibor Rubin:
- Video: Corporal Tibor Rubin Medal of Honor Video (Army.Mil Features)
- President Honors a Hero of the Korean War (Washington Post)
- Tibor Rubin Medal of Honor Korean War (Medal of Honor: Oral Histories)
- Voice of OC to Publish Series on Veterans Memorial Plaques