On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay
is a Holocaust survivor, U.S. Army soldier, Korean War Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor recipient.
Tibor “Ted” Rubin was born in Paszto, Hungary. At age 13, he was transported to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and was liberated two years later by American combat troops during World War II. Both his parents and one of his sisters perished in the Holocaust.
Ted came to the U.S., in 1948. To show gratitude to those who liberated him, Ted joined the U.S. Army in 1950. He was sent to South Korea to fight with I Company, Eighth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division during the Korean War. In October 1950, Ted’s unit was overrun by Chinese troops and Ted was captured and sent to a POW camp. Almost every night under threat of certain death, Ted would break out of the prison, steal food from the North Korean supply depots and break back in to the camp to distribute the food to his fellow soldiers. He and the remaining captured soldiers were finally released from the camp after 30 months of imprisonment.
In 2005, President George W. Bush presented the Medal of Honor to Ted in a ceremony at the White House, for his actions during the Korean War.
Thank you for your service, Ted!