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Tibor Rubin Obituary

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Tibor Rubin (Wikimedia Commons)
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Tibor Rubin, a Holocaust survivor who went on to become a highly decorated U.S. infantry soldier decades after the Korean War, has died in California, according to multiple news sources.

Rubin, who was born June 18, 1929,in Hungary, died Saturday of natural causes in Garden Grove, California, his nephew, Robert Huntly, told the Los Angeles Times. He was 86.

Rubin immigrated to the United States in 1948. In 1950, Rubin began fighting in the Korean War. He received four nominations for the Medal of Honor for his various acts of bravery between July 23, 1950, and April 20, 1953, but anti-Semitism by a superior officer prevented him from receiving the honor until many decades later. Rubin also was wounded during the war, and he spent two and one-half years in a prisoner-of-war camp.

President George W. Bush finally presented Rubin with the Medal of Honor Sept. 23, 2005, some 55 years later.

"His brave, selfless efforts were directly attributed to saving the lives of as many as 40 of his fellow prisoners," his Medal of Honor citation reads. "Corporal Rubin's gallant actions in close contact with the enemy and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army."

Rubin recalled his Holocaust and POW experiences in a 2013 documentary film titled "Finnigan's War."
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