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Euripides Rubio

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Puerto Rico National Cemetery

 

Born:   March 1, 1938 at Ponce, Puerto Rico

Entered Service in the US Army from Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism November 8, 1966 in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam.

Died:  November 8, 1966 at the age of 28

Captain Rubio was serving as communications officer when a numerically superior enemy force launched a massive attack against the battalion defense position. Machinegun fire raked the area while mortar rounds and rifle grenades exploded within the perimeter. Leaving the relative safety of his post, Captain Rubio received two wounds as he braved withering fire to go to the area of most intense action where he distributed ammunition, re-established positions and rendered aid to the wounded. He unhesitatingly assumed command when a rifle company commander was medically evacuated. Captain Rubio was wounded a third time as he exposed himself to enemy fire to move among his men to encourage them to fight with renewed effort. While aiding evacuation of wounded personnel, he noted that a smoke grenade intended to mark the Viet Cong position for air strikes had fallen dangerously close to friendly lines. He ran to reposition the grenade but was immediately struck to his knees by enemy fire. Despite his several wounds, he 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.

 

 

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