'The David Rubitsky Story'
Americans have fought valiantly (with the
help of local villagers) in Papua New Guinea
(PNG) during WWII to gun down or drive out
the Japanese forces. One of these American
heroes is Sgt. David Rubitsky. Mr. Rubitsky,
now 85, lives in Milton, Wisconsin.
On December 1, 1942, Sgt. Rubitsky single-handedly
killed 500 to 600 Japanese soldiers in a
ferocious 21-hour battle with the advancing
Japanese troops, thereby saving two infantries
of American troops from being decimated
by the Japanese in a surprise attack.
Soon after that victory in the ‘Battle
of Buna’ in PNG, Sgt. Rubitsky was
recommended for the Medal of Honor, the
highest military decoration awarded by the
But Sgt. Rubitsky didn’t get the
award. Congress declined to give him the
Congressional Medal of Honor after reviewing
the case in 1987, despite notarized statements
from superior officers regarding Sgt. Rubitsky’s
wartime accomplishments in the PNG jungles.
Although Mr. Rubitsky’s own government
declined to give him the Medal of Honor,
the PNG and British governments granted
Mr. Rubitsky the MBE from Queen Elizabeth
II, for his valor in battle and selfless
wartime services to promote and defend democracy
and freedom for PNG and his country. Sgt.
Rubitsky was given the award only after
a noted historian – specifically commissioned
by the PNG Government to investigate the
story – had conducted a months-long
inquiry and came to the unavoidable conclusion
that ‘The Rubitsky Story’ was,
in fact, true and authentic. The inquiry
had included interviews with local villagers
(some of whom would, in 1999, meet their
wartime hero – the man who, 57 years
earlier, had “made the river turn
read with the blood of their enemies”),
review of primary documents and other primary
Why didn’t Sgt. Rubitsky get the Congressional
Medal of Honor? Does it have anything to
do with the fact that he is Jewish? Mr.
Rubitsky, along with his hundreds of thousands
of supporters in PNG and the U.S., has do
doubts why he was denied the medal. As Mr.
Rubitsky himself said in a recent interview,
“all I want is them (the U.S. Government)
to say I deserved it and I didn’t
get it because of discrimination. I don’t
want the medal. It’s the principle.”
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May
Read this amazing story of super-human
heroism and extraordinary ‘courage
under fire’ on his website www.rubitsky.com.