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WWII Vet, LGBTQ+ Activist Rupert 'Twink' Starr Turns 100 in Style

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World War II veteran and LGBTQ+ activist Rupert “Twink” Starr celebrated his 100th birthday last month. Starr celebrated the occasion in his home of Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by friends and members of the community.“I think it is outstanding, 100th birthday with all these friends,” Starr told local NBC affiliate WCMH, going on to describe the gathering as, “Such a good group of friends, I can’t believe they’ve taken the time and the energy to come to wish me a happy birthday and sing happy birthday.

It’s overwhelming.”Starr has turned in his life into one of activism and giving back to his country and community. According to VA News, he joined the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) while a student at Ohio University and enlisted in the Army in January 1943.

While surrounded by enemy forces during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, Starr was the only volunteer for a daring attempt across enemy lines to deliver a message to headquarters.

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