Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry,1st Infantry Division, RVN.
Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 8 November 1966.
Entered service at: Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
Born: 1 March 1938, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Rubio, Infantry, was serving as communications officer, 1st Battalion, when a numerically superior enemy force launched a massive attack against the battalion defense position. Intense enemy machinegun fire raked the area while mortar rounds and rifle grenades exploded within the perimeter. Leaving the relative safety of his post, Capt. Rubio received 2 serious wounds as he braved the withering fire to go to the area of most intense action where he distributed ammunition, re-established positions and rendered aid to the wounded. Disregarding the painful wounds, he unhesitatingly assumed command when a rifle company commander was medically evacuated. Capt. Rubio was wounded a third time as he selflessly exposed himself to the devastating enemy fire to move among his men to encourage them to fight with renewed effort. While aiding the evacuation of wounded personnel, he noted that a smoke grenade which was intended to mark the Viet Cong position for air strikes had fallen dangerously close to the friendly lines. Capt. Rubio ran to reposition the grenade but was immediately struck to his knees by enemy fire. Despite his several wounds, Capt. Rubio scooped up the grenade, ran through the deadly hail of fire to within 20 meters of the enemy position and hurled the already smoking grenade into the midst of the enemy before he fell for the final time. Using the repositioned grenade as a marker, friendly air strikes were directed to destroy the hostile positions. Capt. Rubio's singularly heroic act turned the tide of battle, and his extraordinary leadership and valor were a magnificent inspiration to his men. His remarkable bravery and selfless concern for his men are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on Capt. Rubio and the U.S. Army.
The following message was received on 18 February 1999 from Enrique V. Pujals firstname.lastname@example.org
Rip Rubio was my Company Commander when I entered active duty in September of '64. I felt very sad when I heard the news that he had been killed. At that time I was stationed at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, recently released from the hospital following seven months in bed recuperation plus two months of convalescence out of bed. I had been severely wounded in the Ia Drang Valley in November of '65. Capt. Rubio was well liked by the men who served with him and quite an inspiring leader. Myself, one of thirteen platoon leaders in his company, and his XO volunteered for Nam in late July '65 to join the 1st Cav which was then prepering its deplaoyment for overseas sevice in combat. Rip was at the time undergoing pathfinder training at the Airborne School right there in Fort Benning as preparartion for further assignment to Nam. Many of the EM of the company were ordered to Nam to fill the ranks of the 1st and 2nd Battallions of the 7th US Cavalry Regiment. Many were from PR and of these, most ended up as casualties in the Ia Drang Valley battles of November '65, either killed or wounded. One deserted and when apprehended in '67, due to technical difficulties merely got CM'd for being AWOL and received 6 and 2/3.
I reckon my point is that his inspiration got us into the thickest fighting and most of us paid the price it for willingly just as he did and none of us begrudge him anything and least of all the recognition for his example.
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Last name: RUBIO
First name: EURIPIDES JR
Home of Record (official): PONCE
State (official): PR
Date of Birth: Tuesday, March 1, 1938
Marital Status: Married
--- Military ---
Serial Number: O99722
Pay grade: O3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): Unknown/Not reported
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Start of Tour: Sunday, July 10, 1966
Date of Casualty: Tuesday, November 8, 1966
Age at time of loss: 28
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Unknown/Not Reported
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