Robert W. Rhudy was born on April 15, 1922, in Wayne County, Nebraska. He was the son of Pyott Samuel Rhudy and Kizzie Lee Funk Rhudy.
Robert served in the 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, as a Sergeant and Ball Turret Gunner on the B17 #42-30821 'The Sweetest One' during World War II. He was Killed in Action on November 13, 1943, when his plane crashed near the village of Burton Dassett in England during a mission to Bremen. All ten airmen on board were killed. Sgt Rhudy is now buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom.