World War II veteran shares his memories of being a prisoner of war

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Robert "Rudy" Rudolph was 18 years old when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Europe.

Now the 88-year-old Lee's Summit man is sharing his story by publishing a book based on memories of being a prisoner of war during World War II at a German prison.

Rudolph was a machine gun operator in the Infantry in 1944. During the war, he spent more than 160 days and nights in foxholes and 99 days as a POW. 

"The Germans took us to Stalag XII-A, and there were so many American POWs that all of the cabins were full, so they put us in the horse barn and they didn't feed us," Rudolph explained.

Rudolph talked about being cold, hungry and weak.  When the camp was liberated by British soldiers in 1945, he remembers being shipped to a hospital in Paris, France, and treated for malnutrition.  He came home in July 1945 to Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was in the POW Recuperation Center for more than 60 days.

"I love my country and I was proud to serve; I think about the soldiers how did not make it home," Rudolph added.

His book is called "Rudy Rudolph: An Average American Combat Infantry Soldier."  The $30 cost covers the printing expenses.  To purchase a copy you can call 816-537-6874.

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