Our Military Family Wall

The Rubi and Lopez Family are proud of the fact that their ancestors have served  in the various branches of the U.S. armed forces dating back to the Civil War. It is my intent to  continue to add pictures of all known family members as time permits. Please consider sharing a scanned copy of your loved ones that you would like to include on this page. 

U. S. Civil War Soldiers 

Cruz Rubi – Union Army; Regiment – New Mexico Territory; Hubbell’s Independent Company, New Mexico Mounted Volunteers (3 months, 1861) Rank – Private

My Great-Grandfather Cruz joined the Union Army in 1861. He served with Captain James Lorenzo (Santiago) Hubbell in the New Mexico Volunteers, Company N. He applied for a Civil War pension in 1898. Cruz was born on June 15, 1817 at Cubero (New Mexico Territory) and died on September 2, 1919 at St. Johns, Apache, Arizona. He  is buried at St. Johns  Catholic Cemetery.

Pictures courtesy of Daria Landress

Cruz Rubi’s brothers also served during the Civil War. Their names were: Gregorio Rubi, Ramon Rubi, and Juan Rubi.

Gregorio Rubi – Union Army; Regiment-New Mexico Territory; 3rd Regiment, New Mexico Mounted Infantry – 6 months 1861-1862; Company G; Rank – Corporal

Ramon Rubi – Union Army; Regiment- New Mexico Territory; 1st Regiment, New Mexico Infantry (OLD); Company K; Rank – Private

Juan Rubi – Union Army; Regiment- New Mexico Territory; 3rd Regiment, New Mexico Mounted Infantry 6 months 1861-1862; Company B

Source: National Park Service, U.S.Civil War Soldiers; 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc. 2007.. Original Data: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.

U.S. World War I Soldiers 

Note: Benito and Carlos Rubi are my paternal uncles. Lorenzo Sebastian Rubi is my Father. Joe and Edward Lopez are my maternal uncles.

World War II and Post War until Mid-1950’s

My beloved brothers:  Eddie (aka Champ), Bob,  Philip, Arthur, Fred , and Ray Rubi.

Note – Fred Rubi served in the US Army in the mid-1950’s. When I asked him for a picture of him in his uniform he told me that at the time he had a wife and sick baby whose needs took precedence to having his picture taken. Fred taught me the importance of being responsible for my actions each and every day of my life.

Note – The only pictures I have of Uncle Mike and Tony Lopez include their wives named Mickie and Ninfa. Bill and Shorty Gillespie were married to sisters, Lorraine (Snooky) and Gloria Ely (daughters of my Aunt Lorraine Lopez-Stone.

At the time of this writing I do not know Uncle Mike’s wife’s legal name. I was just 10 years old at the time of my uncle’s death. If a family member can help me fill in the blank it would be greatly appreciated. Uncle Tony’s wife’s name is Ninfa Jimenez.

Epimenio Rubi 

Epimenio (called Pimi) was the son of my Dad’s eldest brother, Pedro and his wife, Cleotilde (Gallegos) Rubi. He was born and raised in Winslow, Arizona along with his four siblings – Joe, Cruz, Pete, and Carolina.

In 1940, Pimi enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Philippine Islands. Our courageous young cousin was forced to walk in the Baatan Death March, spent 2-3 years as a POW, and was killed at 23 years of age either by his Japanese captors on a ship called the Shinyu Maru, or by U.S. friendly fire. Sadly, we may never know the cause of his death. We do know that his name is etched on the Tablets of of Missing and that Private Epimenio Rubi is memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.


Private Epimenio Rubi

Our cousin, Daria Landress, has extensively researched Epimenio Rubi’s life, and subsequent death. She authored a tribute to Epimenio that was published in the November 2016 newsletter of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. Read the article in it’s entirety  https://rubifamilygen.com/remembering/epimenio-rubi/

Vietnam and Beyond

MORE Military Pictures to be added soon. Please share yours! Send a scanned copy to Linda Rubi at: rubifamilygen@gmail.com