Tibor Rubin

The Passing of a GI Joe

Our country lost a hero last Saturday (December 5), a hero it acquired along the way, when Tibor Rubin—“Ted,” as he liked to be called because that was his “American name”—died. His birth certificate said he was 86, but by his own calculation he was actually a little younger than that since he believed that he had a second birthday when he arrived in America 67 years ago.

Ted’s story is one of the most remarkable in U.S. military history. It is a story of daring and determination not quite like any other. It is a story given flesh and bones by simple human decency.

  • Waffle

    What a mensch!! R.I.P. Tibor.

  • dukestreet

    He was a great man. Unlike many who are called great and have done little to earn the title. He will be missed I’m sure but his story will not be forgotten.