Skip to comments.Jewish WWII hero who (single-handedly) 'killed 600 Japanese' dies
Posted on 07/03/2013 8:13:55 AM PDT by Perseverando
Commanders thought anti-Semitism kept him from Medal of Honor
Did the American government refuse to honor a World War II veteran who was regarded as a war hero by the British Empire, because he was Jewish?
The question apparently still lingered in David Rubitskys mind when he died, penniless, June 28 at a nursing home in East Moline, Ill., the local Quad-City Times reported.
Rubitskys commanders claim he single-handedly killed 500 to 600 Japanese soldiers while guarding a military outpost in Papua New Guinea during the Battle of Buna in December 1942.
According to Rubitskys account, he defended the bunker with a 30-cal. machine gun, a .45-cal. pistol, a rifle and grenades.
In a WND column in 2001, WND CEO and Editor Joseph Farah told Rubitskys story when the veteran was still lobbying for a Medal of Honor:
Rubitsky spent a total of 21 hours in the bunker including nine under heavy siege. The Japanese army attacked from three different directions the north, south and west. His bunker had slits on all sides, making it possible for him to respond to an attack from any direction. He switched from gun to gun and threw grenades at the enemy, while the Japanese alternately charged his position and shelled it with light artillery.
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
Today Rubitsky is 82 years old. He spent a total of 40 years in active military service. He is currently a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Disabled American Veterans.
He and those who love him want to see this injustice righted.
Evelyn Smith, the widow of Gen. Smith, has written a notarized statement regarding her husbands support of Rubitsky: My husband told me that Sgt. David Rubitsky deserved to win the Congressional Medal a second time in Leyte, Philippines, for knocking out seven machine gun nests, killing nearly 200 or more Japanese soldiers.
As for Rubitsky, himself, he says his lobbying for the medal at this stage is simply a matter of principle.
Somehow I just KNEW HIS NAME WAS DAVID!...............
“Win?” that is an archaic term for the CMOH it was won in wars like the civil war Tom Custer got two but I think even by WW1 that term was being phased out for recipient or derivatives.
I’ve read that Jewish people are cowards and have never supported America, especially in military service right here on F.R.
(Yes, being saracastic, but wait and watch for these guys to show up here.)
And a good way of doing this is... ?
Dang good thing he had a copious stash of ammo in that bunker!
It would be hard to imagine what sort of recognition this man deserves.
My late uncle Max was a cook with MacArthur in the Philippines. He left the Army as a Master Sergeant
Cotton Hill only killed fity men.
I call Krav Maga “Jew-Jitsu”.
My beloved 88 year old Father served in WW2 and was in Germany at the time the camps were liberated in 1945. His first Cousin was a Pilot that was shot down over Germany and was executed by the Nazi’s for being Jewish.
My Grandfather served in WW1 and I have his discharge papers.
Jews have always served America very proudly. They are Jewish American’s and both were are equally important in their world
In part this snub is do to the fact that after the CIB, New Guinea is probably next on forgotten US theaters of WW II. At least in part due to the fact that Gen Macarthur (the Montgomery of the USARMY) Did so much to insure that the only name ever remembered in the theater was of course His.
My husband told me that Sgt. David Rubitsky deserved to
win (receive) the Congressional Medal. a second time in Leyte, Philippines, for knocking out seven machine gun nests, killing nearly 200 or more Japanese soldiers.
OK, I corrected her statement for her and deleted some trivial details of a second possible CMOH "incident." </sarc>
Yes they did. Many flew in WWII, college boys they were, smart, they were darn good pilots. And don't forget the "Brooklyn Boys", the soldiers tasked to debrief the liberated prisoners from the Nazi Camps because they spoke the language(s) of those in the camps.
Saul has killed his thousands but David has killed his tens of thousands!
Most CMOH are awarded posthumously, anyway.
Never happen with a muslim occupying the White House,
And a good way of doing this is... ?
If he "earned" the CMOH, then perhaps his family should "receive" the CMOH posthumously since he is now dead (along with anti-semitism) 70 years after the battle.
I obviously agree with you.
In fact, statistically, Jewish people have been over-represented in the US military until the Obama administration, when they fell below.
I think some of that is Israel bleeding off American Jews to serve as volunteers, but also I wouldn’t salute Obama as CIC if I was Jewish.
I thought about that too.
Of course the CMOH is determined by "Congress," but normally awarded by POTUS.
How can Rubitsky be 82 years old. 1942 was 71 years ago. I would believe 92 years old.
in 2008 My Father wanted to see the WW2 Veterans memorial in DC. We spent a nice weekend there and also went to the Holocaust Museum. It was my 3rd time there and also his 3rd time. From there we went to a very unknown museum
The Jewish War Veterans Museum.
I was glad that I had found this Museum as we found information on his unit being at Dachau concentration camp when it was liberated from the Nazi’s.
He opened up wound that he never talked about in the 50 years of my life and told me that he heard and saw from the outside of the camp. His unit never got inside but on the outside for miles around he said the stench from the Crematories were horible. I now understood why he never talked about what he saw in WW2.
We may need to wait until we get an American president....
Dugout Doug was not only the Montgomery of the USARMY, he was the McClellan of his time. A self-promoting, credit grabbing narcissist.
I was enlisted into the 3rd Battalion 128th Infantry back in 1964. I knew two of the officers listed in the article, the Company Commander and the Battalion Commander and knew of the Chief of Staff who made the anti-Semetic remark. The Company and Battalion Commanders were fine officers and friends of my late Father.
While it is too late, I hope he gets the recognition he deserves. He is one of the reasons that the 32nd was so respected. In fact, the only entity to stop the 32nd was that God-Damned McNamara and the Johnson Administration...may they rot in hell!
Is it me or has anyone else never heard of someone lobbying for the Medal of Honor for themself? You see CMH winner on documentarys and shows and they tend to be humble people who downplay their actions. Generally people push for the recogntion on their behalf. This gentleman seems to be the polar opposite.
Buried this morning at the Rock Island National Cemetery.
The date of the original article is 2001 when he was 82.
LOL! No kidding!
I am an American Soldier...defender of freedom against tyranny
and when I enter the valley of death
and the angel of Satan appears at my shoulder
I will be resolute and fear no evil
And my Lord in heaven will guide my sword.
Unfortunately, there was at the time an anti-Semitic factor in the military. This is not because of mere ethnic prejudice (which anti-Semitism is not), but because of opposition to the coming Kingdom of G-d on earth. That's what all the "conspiracy" talk is about.
And so it begins . . . again.
The Germans who executed an American POW because he was Jewish, should have been tried and executed as war criminals.
I have however read that U.S. flight crews were instructed that if shot down they should surrender only to German soldiers, because civilians were likely to kill them on the spot. I also read about German civilians being tracked down & tried for murder of plane crews, especially if the crashed plane was found more or less intact.
Thanks for the heads up. Really good articles!
Snip from your 1st linked article:
"The elder Rubitsky was an honorary Member of the British Empire, MBE, and was invited to Buckingham Palace in London in 2001 to receive his decree, signed by Queen Elizabeth II. He also was regarded a warrior chief by the people of New Guinea, where he served during World War II.
But Rubitsky's own government refused to recognize what those in other countries were certain was true: He killed 500-600 Japanese soldiers while single-handedly guarding a military outpost in Papau New Guinea during the Battle of Buna. Two of his superior officers later nominated Rubitsky for a Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest distinction, but too many records from the Battle of Buna, including the number of dead enemy soldiers, were lost or never maintained."
I agree, good analogy
And so what begins . . . again?
If one goes looking for offense, one is guaranteed to find it. Even if it is not real.
Didn’t take long. They are always 6 month or so sign-ups that start it.
Too much to do today to bait him into a zot.
Actually that is infact what happend from a historical account from the Air Force which I found years later. I have redacted his his name.
He was immediately captured by the local police and turned over to a German infantry unit. He, along with several other prisoners, were being transported to a POW camp when the convoy was halted. He was led into a wooded area off the road and shot, presumably because his captors had discovered he was Jewish.
In 1947, his murderer, named in documents as “Albert N.” was tried before a General Military Court at Dachau, and was given a life sentence.
His body was never recovered.
“Dougout” Dug was also a military genius. “Island hopping”, Inchon, And “Never fight a land war in Asia”(which was not paid any attention, and gave us 35,00 deaths in Korea, 55,000 in Viet Nam)
I'd rather know the name of a patriotic American Airman who gave his life for our country, than know the name of the murderous enemy who slaughtered him in cold blood.
Samson claimed to have killed a thousand men with the jawbone of an ass. obama will claim he killed the U.S. with the same weapon.
Yes, there is something rather unseemly about it. Reminds me of an article I read 10-20 years ago about a chemist (I think) who wrote to the Nobel committee insisting that he was an unrecognized genius who deserved a Nobel Prize too!
I agree but wanted to be semi-private.
He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.
The Japanese were defending their beach heads covering redeployment of their forces to Guadalcanal. Perhaps this is why a Japanese attack was discounted.
If his immediate superiors had nominated him it would be exceptional that their testimonies were not convincing even for a lesser award.
I tend to believe him as a south and easterly move by Japanese in the Soputa area on 2 December would provide relief to the defenders at Buna. Other than that a Japanese attack would make no sense.
Minor issue, we didn't worry about those at the time. 350 American soldiers captured during the Battle of the Bulge chosen for Jewish sounding names were imprisoned at the labor camp of Berga, a subcamp of Buchenwald. Complete with a 200 mile plus death march when the camp was to be liberated. Death rate was around 20% in two months they were there. The government hushed it up. I believe the soldiers were sworn to secrecy, in any case it never came to light until the 1960s. The camp commandant, Erwin Metz, did 5 years.
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The island hopping campaign was largely planned by the theatre commanders and approved/modified by Mac. He made most of the decisions based on his promise to return to the Phillipines. He campaigned with FDR to go forward with a number of invasions that were strategically and tactically wrong. One was the battle for Peleliu, an insignificant piece of the Palau chain and a campaign which Nimitz and the Marine and Army planners urged everyone not to take on. As a result, most of the First Marine Division was wiped out along with heavy toll in the 7th Marines and units of the 81st Army Division. It tied up resources for many months that would have been better used against other more useful islands and which cost many thousands of deaths. In the end, the island was never used as a bomber staging area. The house-to-house fighting for Manilla and the entire campaign to “retake” the island was also all a part of his “Returning” glory and it too cost thousands of lives needlessly. “His” Inchon invasion was a Navy/Marine plan and he let the planners know that he got the credit if it worked and they got the credit if it failed. If the Japanese had taken him captive on Corrigedor the Pacific Campaign might have been better executed and shorter under a more competent, real leader.