MILITARY

92-year-old WWII vet, ex-prisoner of war, opened up as gay man, fought 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

  • In this image taken from video shows Rupert Starr, a 92-year-old World War II veteran and ex-prisoner of war who is continuing his activism in support of military service members who, like him, are gay. (AP Photo/APTN)

    In this image taken from video shows Rupert Starr, a 92-year-old World War II veteran and ex-prisoner of war who is continuing his activism in support of military service members who, like him, are gay. (AP Photo/APTN)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from video shows an Army photo of Rupert Starr. A 92-year-old World War II veteran and ex-prisoner of war who is continuing his activism in support of military service members who, like him, are gay. (AP Photo/APTN)

    In this image taken from video shows an Army photo of Rupert Starr. A 92-year-old World War II veteran and ex-prisoner of war who is continuing his activism in support of military service members who, like him, are gay. (AP Photo/APTN)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Rupert "Twink" Starr adjusts a flag at his house in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Starr, 92, who is gay, is a World War II veteran and ex-POW who told his story to aid in the 2011 repeal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and continues to advocate for gays serving in the military. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

    In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Rupert "Twink" Starr adjusts a flag at his house in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Starr, 92, who is gay, is a World War II veteran and ex-POW who told his story to aid in the 2011 repeal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and continues to advocate for gays serving in the military. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)  (The Associated Press)

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.