These items were my great grandfather's, who passed away a couple of years ago. He was born and raised in York County, Pennsylvania, his parents were descendants of Europeans. He was raised in the religious atmosphere of the“Brethren” Sect. At an early age, he developed a hard work ethic, by laboring on a farm. He also enjoyed social activities outside of work time, as a member of the Dallastown Boys Band. At the outset of World War 2, he was drafted into the US Army. He was sent to Saint Louis where he attended the David Franklin trades school. The Army’s ultimate plan was to place him in charge of a motor pool, that supplied motorized support for the Army’s aviation combat engineers. As the war progressed, needed supplies became a rarity. Due to this need Staff Sergeant Rudy led a group of soldiers behind Japanese lines to recover gasoline, tires and much-needed parts. He was subsequently awarded a Bronze Star for this heroic feat. One of his dog tags is included in the shadow box, the tan object is a Bible that he carried throughout the war, and the patch is his military ranking.