Timor Rubin: Korean War Medal of Honor recipient

The United States Postal Service will host a West Coast ceremony to commemorate the release of the Korean War Medal of Honor stamps at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, during a FREE Veterans Day community celebration at the OC Fair & Event Center. Beginning at noon, Nov. 11, the public can purchase commemorative stamps and envelopes at the event.

Korean War Medal of Honor stamps were issued in July 2014 and feature Army and Navy variants. They honor the 145 Korean War Medal of Honor recipients who were among the 6.8 million who served in Korea from 1950 to 1953. More than two-thirds of those who received the Medal of Honor were killed in action, according to the United States Postal Service.

Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Tibor Rubin, an Army veteran residing in Garden Grove, will be honored along with nearly 50 other Korean War veterans, including several Buffalo Soldiers.

Rubin, a Hungarian immigrant and Holocaust survivor who served from 1950 to 1953, single-handedly battled North Koreans for 24 hours on a remote hillside to defend his position. When he was later captured by Chinese forces, Rubin would sneak out of detainment to find food and medical supplies for fellow war prisoners. He was held for 30 months and was wounded twice in the line of duty.

Watch the oral history video above to learn more about Rubin's plight in in the Korean War.