On Tuesday, March 24, Mayor Bao Nguyen and the Garden Grove City Council will pay tribute to Garden Grove resident Tibor Rubin, who was awarded the nation’s most prestigious military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2005, for his heroic actions during the Korean War. Rubin’s courage and valor will be memorialized with the unveiling of a commissioned bronze bust of Rubin as a U.S. Army rifleman, and the official re-naming of an Orange County branch library. The dedication will be held at the Garden Grove Tibor Rubin Library, located at 11902 Bailey Street, at 2:00 p.m.
Last August, the United States Post Office unveiled a Forever Stamps Prestige Folio depicting the 13 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, including Rubin, at a special recognition ceremony held in Garden Grove.
Corporal Rubin’s Congressional citation recognizes his gallant actions and unyielding bravery when he single-handedly waged a 24-hour battle slowing an enemy advance, allowing his regiment to complete its withdrawal successfully.
Rubin was later severely wounded and sent to a Chinese prison camp. Despite offers from the enemy to return him to his native Hungary, Rubin remained a POW, because of his desire to care for captured soldiers.
He risked torture and possible death by escaping at night to steal food and medical supplies for his comrades. Rubin’s selfless efforts are directly credited with saving the lives of 40 of his fellow prisoners.
Rubin received his Medal of Honor 55 years after his service in the Korean War ended. A Holocaust survivor, Rubin was repeatedly nominated for military decorations by fellow soldiers, but was overlooked because of anti-Semitism by a superior. Studies commissioned later by the U.S. Army revealed discrimination to Jewish veterans.
Out of respect for Rubin’s health, media, as well as the public attending the event, are asked to communicate directly with his daughter, Rosie Rubin, who will be available for comment.
For more information, please contact the Office of Community Relations at (714) 741-5280.