and organization: Captain,
U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion,
28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, RVN.
Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 8 November 1966.
Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
1 March 1938, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
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.