?By odd coincidence, the most recent conferee, former Army Corporal Tibor "Ted" Rubin, is foreign born. Rubin was presented the medal by Baby George at the White House two months ago. He was honored for heroism as a member of Troop A, 8th Cavalry - and as a prisoner of war - during the Korean War.
A native of Hungary, he's a survivor of the Holocaust who was confined at Mauthausen for fourteen months. He immigrated to the U. S. shortly after World War II and enlisted in the Army at age 20 in 1950, just prior to the outbreak of hostilities in Korea. You can read his official citation and profile at
The medal was created for petty officers and enlisted men of the navy and non-commissioned officers and privates of the marine corps in 1861 and for NCO’s and enlisted men of the Regular Army (RA) and Volunteer Forces (USV) the following year. Officers of the RA/USV became eligible in 1863 but officers of the naval service - Navy, Marine Corps & Coast Guard - weren’t eligible until 1915.
A nominee need not be native to the U. S., however, he MUST be a member of the U. S. Armed Forces. The only awards to members of armed forces of friendly foreign nations were made in 1921, by Special Legislation, to the Unknown Soldiers of England, France, Belgium, Italy and Rumania of World War I.