Ken Ruether was seventeen when he joined the Navy in 1945 as World War Two was ending. Ruether was able to get a college education on the GI Bill after the war and feels his Naval experience had a long term effect on his life.
In 1952, Ruether was called back to active duty during the Korean War. He served on a fuel ship and later an ammunitions ship off the Korean coast. Danger was not from North Korean bullets, but from a single spark that could blow the ship sky high.
During his two tours of duty in two wars, Ken Ruether rose from Seaman to Commander . He says he's proud to have served his country.