Magazine article VFW Magazine

California VA Hospital Named for VFW Member

Magazine article VFW Magazine

California VA Hospital Named for VFW Member

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A law enacted in December renamed the VA medical center in Long Beach, Calif., for a Medal of Honor recipient and deceased VFW member. The facility is now known as the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center.

Rubin, who belonged to VFW Post 9557 in Westminster, Calif., was an infantryman with I Co., 8th Cav, 1st Cav Div., during the Korean War. On Oct. 30, 1950, near Unsan, North Korea, Rubin manned a .30 caliber machine gun protecting the remnants of his unit as it retreated southward.

"As the battle raged," according to his Medal of Honor (MoH) citation, "Cpl. Rubin was severely wounded and captured by the Chinese."

As a POW, Rubin refused Chinese offers to be returned to his native Hungary. Instead, he gave other POWs food he stole from enemy storehouses and gardens, as well as providing them medical care and moral support.

"His brave, selfless efforts were directly attributed to saving the lives of as many as 40 of his fellow prisoners," noted the citation. …

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