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Saturday, November 19, 2011

WWII Veteran Has a Story to Tell

John Bax's death earlier this week is another reminder that we are fast losing our WWII generation. As a writer, I feel a responsibility to keep their stories alive. Many veterans are feeling this need and revisiting the horrors of those years.

Robert "Rudy" Rudolph has a story to tell. Rudy is a WWII ex-prisoner of war who spent a couple years of his life in combat and as a prisoner of the Nazis.

I met with him Thursday. He's a man filled with stories, a sense of humor and a love of life. Aside from his weekly meeting with his fellow ex-POWs he likes to visit a local casino and try his luck at Keno.

Rudy served in the 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division. He spent 105 days in a foxhole on the beach at Anzio (Italy). He was part of the invasion of Southern France and at Reipertswiller where he was captured on January 20, 1945. While many books have recorded the historical events, only a few have captured the day-to-day life the individual soldier faced.

His detailed descriptions of life in a foxhole, meeting the enemy face-to-face and living in fear makes me cringe. His is a story that will bring the European war up close and personal.

Joyce Faulkner and I are helping getting his book ready for publication. Look for it in 2012.

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