Holocaust Survivor and Medal of Honor Recipient (Corporal, U.S. Army Company 1, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division)

President George W. Bush’s Remarks at Medal of Honor Ceremony: 2:45 P.M. EDT, September 23, 2005:

Laura and I welcome you to the White House. This is a special occasion for our nation. We’re here to pay tribute to a soldier with an extraordinary devotion to his brothers in arms, and an unshakeable love for his adopted homeland of America.

Corporal Tibor “Ted” Rubin’s many acts of courage during the Korean War saved the lives of hundreds of his fellow soldiers. In the heat of battle, he inspired his comrades with his fearlessness. And amid the inhumanity of a Chinese prisoner of war camp, he gave them hope. Some of those soldiers are here today, and they have never forgotten what they owe this man. And by awarding the Medal of Honor to Corporal Rubin today, the United States acknowledges a debt that time has not diminished.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for bravery that a President can bestow. It is given for acts of valor that no superior could rightly order a soldier to perform. And that is what we mean by “above and beyond the call of duty.” By repeatedly risking his own life to save others, Corporal Rubin exemplified the highest ideals of military service and fulfilled a pledge to give something back to the country that had given him his freedom.