Purple Heart Recipient Shares His Story

Juan Rubio, 43, has received two Purple Hearts for his service to our country.

SAN ANGELO, TX - Juan Rubio, 43, served our country as a Navy medic.

He's the recipient of not one Purple Heart, but two.

He's fought in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"The day I got injured was January 1, 2005," Rubio said.

Rubio was caught in a fire fight.

"It was really intense well planned IED [improvised explosive device] that the insurgents had planned," Rubio said.

Rubio along with other Marines were injured that day.

"I had to go back inside the fire fight and low crawl and bring back the remaining injured marines that I had," he said.

Rubio's second Purple Heart was during another fire fight.

A bullet from an AK-47 hit his leg.

"And of course I had a couple injured Marines and patched them up and brought them back," he said.

But the events didn't slow Rubio down.

"I wanted to stay with my Marine unit because not only it helped my Marines moral, but it boosted their confidence that 'doc' was able to come back to his platoon and he's going to take care of us if we get into another fire fight," Rubio said.

Rubio now works with other veterans at the San Angelo Chapter 740 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

"My passion is for the Purple Hearts, and the veterans in the Tom Green County area and I love what I do and what the Purple Heart 740 stands for," he said.

Meanwhile despite his medals Rubio insists not to call him a hero.

"I personally feel, every service member, women, men, their children are the true heroes," he said. "Because they're the ones are at home worrying about their fathers, their mothers, their brothers, their sisters if they're going to be able to come or not," he said.

The first Purple Heart was created by George Washington in 1782.

It is awarded to service members injured in battle or killed in action. 

 

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