Today’s Star Spangled Salute honors World War II Veteran and Wichita State Alum Ken Rupe. Ken couldn’t wait to follow his friends and join the war effort after Pearl Harbor. After basic training, he and 6,000 soldiers were on an old cruise ship headed through German infested waters on the Mediterranean Sea, before reaching his destination where he would wait for the invasion of Italy. However, it turns out, would not be his contribution to the war effort once it was discovered he had a skill not many had, shorthand. His assignment was hospital administration. Ken says he was proud to serve and even though he doesn’t consider himself a hero, he says he helped those who were. Recently, Ken celebrated his 100th birthday. Happy Birthday Ken and thank you for your service.