UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio – A 92-year-old World War II veteran and ex-prisoner of war is continuing his activism in support of military service members who, like him, are gay.
Rupert "Twink" Starr of suburban Columbus was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army when he was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge.
Starr became a successful real estate agent and civic leader after the war but kept his sexual orientation largely a secret for decades.
In 2004 his life was profiled in a video used to oppose the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and in 2009 Starr was the grand marshal of the Columbus gay pride parade, one of the country's largest.
Starr says he's proud of his country and his role in making it what it is today.