"The essence of America - that which really unites us - is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion - it is an idea - and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. that it doesn't matter where you came from but where you are going."
~ Condoleezza Rice
Born in Germany, the year after the end of World War II, Rudi H Gresham has his earliest memories of his Mother working hard to rebuild their lives amist the ruins of a war ravaged country. His Mother eeked out her living as an inn keeper. He lived with his Mother, Grandmother and two sisters in West Germany with a third sister trapped behind the Berlin Wall. It wasn't until much older that Gresham learned why his Grandmother, who lived with them, seemed distant and broken. She had been held as a prisoner in Dachau for speaking out against Hitler. He remembers the struggles of a country broken by communism.
The hope and opportunity offered by America became a reality in his young life when he arrived in the United States at the age of 12 as the adopted son of a U.S. GI. Rudi grew up quickly on base in Myrtle Beach where he learned English and excelled in his studies, keenly aware of the possibilities that come to those who are willing to work hard and pursue their dream in America. Immediately after high school Gresham enlisted in the Army. Later he attended night school where he earned a BS in Chemistry. His life crissed cross between success in the military, private sector, and service in the government.
Rudi H. Gresham lives the American Dream. He has worked hard, served well and enjoyed the privilege of serving many in a country that he loves.