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b. 18/06/1929 Paszto, Hungary. d. 05/12/2015 Garden Grove, California.


DATE OF MOH ACTION: 23/07/1950 to 20/04/1953 Korea.


Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award from US President George W. Bush at the White House in Washington DC on September 23, 2005 for his actions as a corporal in I Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, US Army from July 1950 through April 1953 at Unsan, North Korea and in a Chinese prisoner of war camp. Born in Pasztio, Hungary to Jewish parents, his father was a shoemaker. Following the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II, he attempted to escape to Switzerland at the age of 13 but was caught and sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria where he was liberated by American forces in May 1945. In 1948 he immigrated to New York City, New York where he was employed as a shoemaker and then a butcher. After failing his attempt to enlist in the US Army in 1949, he was successful the following year and sent to Korea following the outbreak of the Korean War. While serving there, he was subjected to anti-Semitism by some of his fellow soldiers, but still continued to fight bravely and was recommended on four occasions for the Medal of Honor. In October 1950 he found himself defending his unit against the onslaught of Chinese soldiers who crossed the border into North Korea. He was severely wounded and ultimately captured by the Chinese and spent the next 30 months in a prisoner of war camp where he focused on caring for and offering moral support to his comrades in order to help keep them alive. Following his release from captivity and military discharge in 1953, he resided in Long Beach, California where he worked at his brother's liquor store. In 2001 Congress directed the US Army to look further into other cases following their 1993 study to investigate racial discrimination on awarding of Medals of Honor and it revealed that he was passed over because of his religion. The injustice was finally corrected when President Bush awarded him his medal on September 23, 2005. He died ten years later at the age of 86. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he also received the Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: 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 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 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. 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 traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.



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Tibor Rubin