“The Greatest Generation” – Twilight Time

Do the math; If you were born in 1926, lied about your age to join the USAAF,  became a member of a B-17 crew in England in 1943, and survived the war, you would soon be 89 years old.  This represents the youngest of the Greatest Generation.  In eleven years, unless there are a number of them that reach the century mark, they will all be gone.  I’ve never received comments on my link to Congressional Medal Of Honor Society;  that site contains the recipients, and posts the ones that have just passed into history.

For that matter, many who stayed in the armed forces after WW II, also served in our first “Police Action” –  Korea.  The Politicians, far removed from conflict, and afraid to confront Russia or China, are the sole reason why the present situation in Korea continues to plague us. They severely restrict our troops from being victorious in battle.  They are put in harm’s way to keep the status quo. The U.N., precursor to a one world government, instituted egregious “rules of engagement” further keeping our fighting forces from achieving total victory, causing their sacrifice to be repeated again and again, as the enemy is never totally annihilated, thus promoting further aggression.

Today, 12-29-2015, the list of those recently passed into History, from the  Congressional Medal of Honor Society:

RUBIN, TIBOR   December 07, 2015

Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company I
Division: 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Born: 18 June 1929, Hungary
Departed: Yes (12/05/2015)
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 09/23/2005
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Republic of Korea, 23 July 1950-20 April 1953
RUBIN, TIBOR Photo

Citation

Corporal Tibor Rubin distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period from July 23, 1950, to April 20, 1953, while serving as a rifleman with Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in the Republic of Korea. While his unit was retreating to the Pusan Perimeter, Corporal Rubin was assigned to stay behind to keep open the vital Taegu-Pusan Road link used by his withdrawing unit. During the ensuing battle, overwhelming numbers of North Korean troops assaulted a hill defended solely by Corporal Rubin. He inflicted a staggering number of casualties on the attacking force during his personal 24-hour battle, single-handedly slowing the enemy advance and allowing the 8th Cavalry Regiment to complete its withdrawal successfully. Following the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter, the 8th Cavalry Regiment proceeded northward and advanced into North Korea. During the advance, he helped capture several hundred North Korean soldiers. On October 30, 1950, Chinese forces attacked his unit at Unsan, North Korea, during a massive nighttime assault. That night and throughout the next day, he manned a .30 caliber machine gun at the south end of the unit’s line after three previous gunners became casualties. He continued to man his machine gun until his ammunition was exhausted. His determined stand slowed the pace of the enemy advance in his sector, permitting the remnants of his unit to retreat southward. As the battle raged, Corporal Rubin was severely wounded and captured by the Chinese. Choosing to remain in the prison camp despite offers from the Chinese to return him to his native Hungary, Corporal Rubin disregarded his own personal safety and immediately began sneaking out of the camp at night in search of food for his comrades. Breaking into enemy food storehouses and gardens, he risked certain torture or death if caught. Corporal Rubin provided not only food to the starving Soldiers, but also desperately needed medical care and moral support for the sick and wounded of the POW camp. His brave, selfless efforts were directly attributed to saving the lives of as many as forty of his fellow prisoners. Corporal Rubin’s gallant actions in close contact with the enemy and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

 

SAKATO, GEORGE T.   December 03, 2015

Rank: Private
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E, 3d Platoon
Division: 442 Regimental Combat Team
Born: 19 February 1921 Colton, CA
Departed: Yes (12/02/2015)
 
Date of Issue: 06/21/2000
Accredited To: Glendale, AZ
Place / Date: Hill 617 Biffontaine, France, 29 October, 1944
SAKATO, GEORGE T. Photo

Citation

Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

INGMAN, EINAR H., JR.   September 10, 2015

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E
Division: 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
Born: 6 October 1929, Milwaukee, Wis.
Departed: Yes (09/09/2015)
Entered Service At: Tomahawk, Wis.
G.O. Number: 68
Date of Issue: 08/02/1951
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Maltari, Korea, 26 February 1951
INGMAN, EINAR H., JR. Photo

Citation

Sgt. Ingman, a member of Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. The 2 leading squads of the assault platoon of his company, while attacking a strongly fortified ridge held by the enemy, were pinned down by withering fire and both squad leaders and several men were wounded. Cpl. Ingman assumed command, reorganized and combined the 2 squads, then moved from 1 position to another, designating fields of fire and giving advice and encouragement to the men. Locating an enemy machine gun position that was raking his men with devastating fire he charged it alone, threw a grenade into the position, and killed the remaining crew with rifle fire. Another enemy machine gun opened fire approximately 15 yards away and inflicted additional casualties to the group and stopped the attack. When Cpl. Ingman charged the second position he was hit by grenade fragments and a hail of fire which seriously wounded him about the face and neck and knocked him to the ground. With incredible courage and stamina, he arose instantly and, using only his rifle, killed the entire guncrew before falling unconscious from his wounds. As a result of the singular action by Cpl. Ingman the defense of the enemy was broken, his squad secured its objective, and more than 100 hostile troops abandoned their weapons and fled in disorganized retreat. Cpl. Ingman’s indomitable courage, extraordinary heroism, and superb leadership reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.

FISHER, BERNARD FRANCIS

Rank: Major
Organization: U.S. Air Force
Company:
Division: 1st Air Commandos
Born: 11 January 1927, San Bernardino, Calif.
Departed: Yes (08/16/2014)
Entered Service At: Kuna, Idaho
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 01/19/1967
Accredited To: Kuna, ID
Place / Date: Bien Hoa and Pleiku, Vietnam, 10 March 1966
FISHER, BERNARD FRANCIS Photo

Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On that date, the special forces camp at A Shau was under attack by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars. Hostile troops had positioned themselves between the airstrip and the camp. Other hostile troops had surrounded the camp and were continuously raking it with automatic weapons fire from the surrounding hills. The tops of the 1,500-foot hills were obscured by an 800 foot ceiling, limiting aircraft maneuverability and forcing pilots to operate within range of hostile gun positions, which often were able to fire down on the attacking aircraft. During the battle, Maj. Fisher observed a fellow airman crash land on the battle-torn airstrip. In the belief that the downed pilot was seriously injured and in imminent danger of capture, Maj. Fisher announced his intention to land on the airstrip to effect a rescue. Although aware of the extreme danger and likely failure of such an attempt, he elected to continue. Directing his own air cover, he landed his aircraft and taxied almost the full length of the runway, which was littered with battle debris and parts of an exploded aircraft. While effecting a successful rescue of the downed pilot, heavy ground fire was observed, with 19 bullets striking his aircraft. In the face of the withering ground fire, he applied power and gained enough speed to lift-off at the overrun of the airstrip. Maj. Fisher’s profound concern for his fellow airman, and at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

 

List – Recently Departed

 

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