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Euripides Rubio

Eurípides Rubio
Capt. Eurípides Rubio
Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1938-03-01)March 1, 1938
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died November 8, 1966(1966-11-08) (aged 28)
Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam
Place of burial Puerto Rico National Cemetery in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1956 - 1966
Rank
Captain
Unit 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Captain Eurípides Rubio (March 1, 1938 – November 8, 1966), was a United States Army officer and one of five Puerto Ricans who were posthumously awarded the United States' highest military decoration for valor — the Medal of Honor for actions on November 8, 1966 during the Vietnam War. Rubio was a member of the United States Army, H&H Co., 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, RVN.

Early years

Rubio was born in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico which is located in the southern region of Puerto Rico. There he received his primary and secondary education. In 1956, Rubio joined the Army at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.[1]

Action in Vietnam

On November 8, 1966 at Tay Ninh Province in the Republic of Vietnam, Captain Rubio's company came under attack from the North Vietnamese Army; leaving the safety of his post, Rubio received two serious wounds as he braved the intense enemy fire to distribute ammunition, re-establish positions and render aid to the wounded. Despite his pain, he assumed command when a rifle company commander was medically evacuated. He was then wounded a third time as he tried to move amongst his men to encourage them to fight with renewed effort.[2][3]

While aiding the evacuation of wounded personnel, he noted that a U.S. smoke grenade, which was intended to mark the Viet Cong's position for an air strike, had fallen dangerously close to friendly lines — he ran to move the grenade, but was immediately struck to his knees by enemy fire. Despite his wounds, Rubio managed to collect the grenade and run through enemy fire to within 20 meters of the enemy position and throw the by-then already smoking grenade into the enemy before he fell for the final time. Using the now-repositioned grenade as a marker, friendly air strikes were directed to destroy the hostile positions.[2][3]

Captain Rubio's singularly heroic act turned the tide of the battle, and for his extaordinary leadership and valor, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor in 1968. His remains were buried in Puerto Rico National Cemetery in the city of Bayamón, Puerto Rico.[2][3]

Medal of Honor citation

RUBIO, EURIPIDES
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, November 8, 1966.
Entered service at:Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
Born:March 1, 1938, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Citation:
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.[4]

In memory

The United States Army Reserve Center located at the Puerto Nuevo sector of San Juan, PR was named posthumously named CPT Eurípides Rubio United States Army Reserve Center.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Ponce, PR was also named in memory of Captain Eurípides Rubio.

Capt.Eurípides Rubio's name is inscribed in "El Monumento de la Recordación" (Monument of Remembrance), dedicated to Puerto Rico's fallen soldiers and situated in front of the Capitol Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The name Eurípides Rubio is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ("The Wall") on Panel 12E, Row 044.[5] On November 11, 2008, the Government of Puerto Rico unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda the oil portrait of Captain Euripedes Rubio.

Military decorations awarded

Among the military decorations which Capt. Rubio earned were the following:[1]

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal with 1 bronze star Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Streamer Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Presidential Unit Citation

Fourragère

Badges:

  • Parachutist badge
  • Combat Infantryman Badge

Tabs:

  • 1st Infantry Division

See also

References

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