Rubio, Euripides, Jr., CPT

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1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
1956 - 1966
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Puerto Rico
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Puerto Rico National Cemetery - Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 044

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 Unit Assignments
3rd Army1st Infantry Division1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment
  1962-1962, 9110, 3rd Army/HQ
  1966-1966, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
  1966-1966, 1542, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
  1966-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Operation Attleboro/Battle of Ap Cha Do
 Colleges Attended 
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
  1957-1958, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
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  Mar 30, 2013, General Photos4
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Date of Birth March 1, 1938
Listed as Caucasian – Puerto Rican
Roman Catholic
Wife:  Candida Ileana Rubio, Hato Bey, Puerto Rico. (1933 – 2013).
Son:  Edgarde Rubio (4 years old at time of father’s death)
Daughter: Ileana Rubio
Father: Euripides Rubio, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Mother: Luisa M. Velazquez, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Regular Army
Length of Service in US Army about 10 Years
Vietnam Tour of Duty Started July 10, 1966.
Date of Death in Vietnam November 8, 1966.
Cause of Death from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and neck areas from hostile action during the Battle of Ap Cha Do, in Military Region 3, III Corps RVN, North of Saigon.
Posthumously Awarded the Medal of Honor.
Age at Death 28


Vincit Amor Patriae
Love of Country Conquers
28th Infantry Regiment
Black Lions
First Infantry Division
America’s First Infantry Division
No Mission Too Difficult
No Sacrifice Too Great
Duty First

Checking the files on NARA-AAD for VN KIA on 11-7-66 and 11-8-66, for the Ap Cha Do battle I found approximately 22 U.S. Army personnel who died in this battle, primarily from the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment (Black Lions), 1st Brigade (Ace of Spades), 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One).  The 1/28 may have been operating out of Phuoc Vinh, north of Saigon Area at this time.  The names and their rank for several of the soldiers that I found are listed below.  Accuracy has not been verified.  I, Gary McJimsey, SP5 MOS 91C20 Clinical Specialist, served with HHC, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division from mid-February 1968 until the end of July 1968, operating out of Quan Loi at that time.  The battle of November 1966 was still being talked about in 1968.

The book First Infantry Division in Vietnam “Big Red One” by Turner, 1993, Turner Publishing Company, page 50, lists Ap Cha Do as a Major Battle, November 8, 1966, showing both the 1st and 2nd Battalions involved in the battle.  484 enemies noted as killed.  No notation on how many US military killed.  Location of the battle indicated 50 miles northwest of Saigon in the Tay Ninh Province of South Vietnam.

Excerpt from the book – Page 97:

“On November 5th (1966), the entire 1st Infantry Division was plunged into action in Tay Ninh Province, where embattled elements of the 25th (Infantry) Division were fighting two regiments of Viet Cong.

At daybreak on the morning of the 8th (November 1966) the listening posts and ambush patrols were coming in and the Black Lions conducted a recon-by-fire around the perimeter.  As the recon-by-fire moved along the northern perimeter from east to west two trip flares went off and many Viet Cong weapons began firing into the perimeter from the north and northeast.  Air and artillery support were immediately requested from Brigade.  By 1100 hours, the fight had been reduced to automatic weapons and sniper fire, and the badly beaten Viet Cong began to withdraw, leaving the battlefield littered with bodies, equipment and weapons.  CPT Euripides Rubio, Jr., from Headquarters Company was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the battle.  The Battalion Commander, LTC Jack G. Whitted and SP4 Kirk James each received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroic action in this engagement.  It was to become known as the Battle of Ap Cha Do and 484 VC were killed.  On the 11th of November (1966), at Dau Tieng, over 100 awards for valor were presented to the victorious Black Lions in a colorful awards ceremony by the Division Commanding General, Major General William E. DePuy.”

Black Lions Killed In Action November 8, 1966, in The Battle of Ap Cha Do, Tay Ninh Province, RVN.  Listed by Company and Rank:


First Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment


Headquarters Company (HHC)


CPT Euripides Rubio (Medal of Honor), Infantry Unit Commander

SP4 James Mathew Kelly, Medic

PFC Henry Allen Garza, Medic


A Company


CPT Ronald Virgil Putnam, Infantry Unit Commander


B Company


1LT Bernard Francis Kistler, Infantry Unit Commander

SGT Calvert James Johnson, Infantryman

SP4 Walter James Schmidt (Silver Star), Infantryman

SP4 Caspar Marvin Walsh, III (Silver Star), Infantryman

SP4 Nathaniel Wyley, Infantryman

PFC Howard Lewis Bowen, Infantryman

PFC Jackie Burl Hall, Infantryman

PFC Jerry Lee Happel, Infantryman

PFC Charles Michael Todd, Infantryman

PFC Rafael Vega-maysonet, Infantryman


C Company


1LT David Brian Dann (Silver Star), Infantry Unit Commander

MSG Vertis James Hill, Jr., Infantryman

SP4 Arthur Raymond Erschoen, Infantryman


Second Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment


A Company


SFC Lewis Eli Bonnie, Infantryman


Note by Gary McJimsey, ATWS Member.  Some information located indicates perhaps 21 Americans killed in action, 42 American wounded with only 'nearly 400 VC lost'; reference The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, Spencer C. Tucker, Editor, 2nd Edition.






Captain, U.S. Army
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Communications Officer For
1st Battalion, 28th Infantry (Black Lions), 1st Brigade (Ace of Spades)
1st Infantry Division (Big Red One), RVN.

Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, November 8, 1966.
Rubio Entered US Military Service at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.

Medal of Honor Citation

Place of Presentation
11 July 1968
The Pentagon by Secretary of The Army
Stanleyh R. Resor
To The Family of CPT Euripides Rubio, Jr.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Rubio, Infantry, was serving as communications officer, 1st Battalion, when a numerically superior enemy force launched a massive attack against the battalion defense position. Intense enemy machinegun fire raked the area while mortar rounds and rifle grenades exploded within the perimeter. Leaving the relative safety of his post, Capt. Rubio received two serious wounds as he braved the withering fire to go to the area of most intense action where he distributed ammunition, reestablished positions, and rendered aid to the wounded. Disregarding the painful wounds, he unhesitatingly assumed command when a rifle company commander was medically evacuated. Capt. Rubio was wounded a third time as he selflessly exposed himself to the devastating enemy fire to move among his men to encourage them to fight with renewed effort. While aiding the evacuation of wounded personnel, he noted that a smoke grenade which was intended to mark the Viet Cong position for air strikes had fallen dangerously close to the friendly lines. Capt. Rubio ran to reposition the grenade but was immediately struck to his knees by enemy fire. Despite his several wounds, Capt. Rubio 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. Using the repositioned grenade as a marker, friendly air strikes were directed to destroy the hostile positions. Capt. Rubio's singularly heroic act turned the tide of battle, and his extraordinary leadership and valor were a magnificent inspiration to his men. His remarkable bravery and selfless concern for his men are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on Capt. Rubio and the U.S. Army.

Citation provided to ATWS by The First Infantry Division Museum at Cantigny,
Wheaton, Illinois.


Remembrances Posted on the Internet:


Captain Rubio died 19 years before I was born, but I owe him my life. If it were not for his actions on this day 38 years ago my father would have died in South Vietnam. I have known this for many years, but this the first time I have paid my respects to CPT Rubio without my father. This year his sacrifice has become much more real to me than it ever was before. My father passed away this past May and is inured at the Arlington National Cemetery. I hope Cpt. Rubio and my father are looking down on this world with pride in their hearts because it is men like them that we own our freedom to.
Stephen Reed

Dear Classmate: Back in 1957-58, you were one of the upperclassmen in my Army ROTC class at the University of Puerto Rico. You remember! I knew about your sacrifice in Vietnam and I have always kept you in my daily prayers to all our faithful departed. May the Lord Bless You. Eternal rest be onto you and may the Lord's countenance shine upon you now and always. Rest in Peace.
Jose L. Miranda, Lt Col, UJSAF, Ret
University Classmate

August 10, 2013
email from James E. Windholz, SGT

In 1962 Euripides Rubio and his wife Ileana lived in the duplex apartment adjoining my apartment in Atlanta, GA while we were both stationed at HQ 3rd Army, Ft. McPherson, GA.
He loved skydiving at a local club and I accompanied him on several occasions. On one occasion I took an 8mm movie of him from the cargo door of a Cessna 206 of him exiting and freefalling. Sadly the movie of him looking up at the camera and waving was lost over the years but the memory is one that will always remain with me.
Another fond memory I have retained is of the Citroen DS automobile he owned and loved. He was very proud of that car and would invite me to go with him for impromptu drives around Atlanta.
SGT James E. Windholz
ATWS Member #344539

[Posted by Gary McJimsey for James E. Windholz
Original Messages Rec'd via Email, August 2013]

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