Monday, December 17, 2012

Obituary: Daniel Inouye

Daniel Inouye, the longest-serving United States senator, has died today at the age of 88. He was also a Medal of Honor recipient.

Senator Inouye was in his ninth term in the Senate.

Yours truly remembers him best for his being on the Senate Watergate Committee back in 1973.


A senator since 1963, Inouye in 2009 became chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he continued a long record of helping fund projects in his home state. From 1998 to 2003, he steered $1.4 billion to military projects in Hawaii, according to The Almanac of American Politics.

The son of Japanese immigrants, Inouye grew up in Honolulu, where he was teaching a first aid course at age 17 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, when it dropped its ban on Japanese Americans.

Promoted to sergeant, he fought in Italy and France. On April 21, 1945, while leading an assault in Italy against the Germans, Inouye was shot in the stomach. He nonetheless attacked and destroyed two machine gun nests before being even more severely wounded, losing his right arm.

Here he talks about his war service:


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