On Dec. 5, Tibor Rubin, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient, died of natural causes at age 86. Rubin survived 14 months in Mauthausen concentration camp until it was liberated by U.S. forces in May 1945, reports the Los Angeles Times.
After vowing to make it to America and join the Army as a way to repay his liberators, Rubin had the chance in 1948 when he enlisted and was sent to Korea as a rifleman. In July 1950, Rubin was asked to stay behind to hold a hill as his company withdrew, and at dawn, Korean regulars attacked. Rubin repelled the attack, single handedly holding his ground for 24 hours. He later said, "I didn't have too much time to get scared, so I went crazy.”
After being wounded that November, Rubin was captured and sent to a Chinese-run prison camp where the hard-learned lessons of Mauthausen helped save not just his life, but the lives of his fellow soldiers. After rejecting his captors’ offers to send him back to Hungary, Rubin slipped out of the camp, broke into a storehouse, and returned with food for his fellow prisoners, many of whom were starving. Rubin remained a prisoner of war for 30 months.
Rubin left the Army with two Purple Heart medals, though he was recommended for awards for bravery. He was finally awarded the Medal of Honor on Sept. 23, 2005.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL officer accused of failing to properly report alleged war crimes carried out by one of his men was arraigned on Tuesday in San Diego.
After being informed of his rights, Lt. Jacob Portier did not enter a plea or choose whether he'd ask for a jury or bench trial, since his civilian attorney has raised questions over a protective order in the case.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
The Pentagon has identified a Green Beret who was killed on Tuesday by enemy small arms fire in southern Afghanistan as Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale.
Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He was killed during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.