Euripides Rubio-Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 18° 24.678 W 066° 10.170
19Q E 799039 N 2038025
Quick Description: Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam on November 8, 1966. He was killed in action. He is buried in Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamon, Puerto Rico in Section HAS-5.
Location: Puerto Rico
Date Posted: 2/23/2018 10:36:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMXT67
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
He was born on March 1, 1938 in Ponce, Puerto Rico and died on November 8, 1966 in Vietnam. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *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, 8 November 1966
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.
Armed Service: Army

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