Speakers and Honorees


Captain Jack H. Jacobs

Capt. Jacobs (then 1st Lt.), Infantry, distinguished himself while serving as assistant battalion advisor, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Wounded by mortar fragments and profusely bleeding from head wounds, Capt. Jacobs, with complete disregard for his safety, returned under intense fire to evacuate a seriously wounded advisor to safety. He retired after twenty years on active duty, and is currently a military analyst with NBC and MSNBC.

Lt. Gen. Robert F. Foley

On December 3, 1966, Robert Foley’s company was ordered to extricate another company of the battalion in Vietnam. Under heavy enemy fire, Capt. Foley ordered his assistant to take cover and, alone, he continued to advance firing the machine gun until the wounded had been evacuated and the attack in this area could be resumed.  Foley remained in the Army until 2000. Today, he continues to serve U.S. Army soldiers and their families as director of Army Emergency Relief.


Corporal Tibor Rubin

During WWII, Tibor Rubin was liberated by the US Army from a concentration camp in Hungary and immigrated to the USA. In 1950, he joined the US Army and was sent to Korea. On two occasions, Tibor’s sergeant deliberately put him at great risk, having him cover retreating soldiers with only a machine gun. The first time, Tibor was unscathed. The second time, after inflicting substantial casualties on the enemy, he suffered multiple wounds and was captured. Tibor saved the lives of 40 American prisoners of war by stealing food, among other things, from the Chinese.

Private First Class Leonard Kravitz

In 1951, Leonard M. Kravitz was a 20 year-old Brooklyn boy serving as a soldier attached to an Infantry Regiment in Korea. The regiment was attacked by a staggering number of heavily armed enemy forces. Leonard grabbed a machine gun and told everyone, “to get the hell out of here while you can.” He successfully enabled their retreat. The next day, he was found dead behind his machine gun with enemy bodies strewn everywhere.

Sergeant John Levitow

John Levitow (then A1c.), U.S. Air Force, was assigned as a loadmaster aboard an AC-47 aircraft flying a night mission in support of the Long Binh Army post in Vietnam, 1969. When his aircraft was struck by a hostile mortar round, the explosion tore an activated flare from the grasp of a crewmember. Though suffering from over 40 fragment wounds in the back and legs, he staggered to his feet and saw the flare was still in the aircraft. Realizing the danger involved and completely disregarding his own wounds, he threw himself upon the burning flare. Holding the device to his body, he dragged himself to the rear of the aircraft and hurled the flare through the open cargo door, saving the aircraft and its entire crew.