Daniel Inouye

United States Army Medal of Honor Recipient + Politician
Born Sep 7, 1924

Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye is the senior United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in American history. Inouye is the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. A senator since 1963, Inouye is the most senior senator. He is also the second longest serving U.S. Senator in history after Robert Byrd.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Daniel Inouye.


1924 Birth Born on September 7, 1924.


1941 16 Years Old During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Inouye served as a medical volunteer.
1943 18 Years Old In 1943, when the U.S. Army dropped its enlistment ban on Japanese Americans, Inouye curtailed his premedical studies at the University of Hawaii and enlisted in the Army. … Read More
1944 19 Years Old Inouye was promoted to sergeant within his first year, and he was assigned as a platoon sergeant. He served in Italy in 1944 during the Rome-Arno Campaign before his regiment was transferred to the Vosges Mountains region of France, where he spent two weeks in the battle to relieve the Lost Battalion, a battalion of the 141st Infantry Regiment that was surrounded by German forces. … Read More


1945 20 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy, called the Colle Musatello. … Read More
1950 25 Years Old Due to the loss of his arm, Inouye abandoned his plans to become a surgeon, and returned to college to study political science under the G.I. Bill. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
…  Returning to Hawaii, he earned a law degree and was elected to Hawaii's territorial House of Representatives in 1953, and to the territorial Senate in 1957.


1957 32 Years Old He served two terms there, and was elected to the Hawaii territorial senate in 1957.
1959 34 Years Old 1 More Event
When Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959, Inouye was elected as its first member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and in 1962 he was first elected to the U.S. Senate. … Read More
1962 37 Years Old In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, succeeding fellow Democrat Oren E. Long.


1976 51 Years Old He was the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee between 1976 and 1979 and Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee between 1987 and 1995.
1984 59 Years Old He introduced the National Museum of the American Indian Act in 1984 which led to the inauguration of the National Museum of the American Indian in 2004.


1987 - 1992 2 More Events
2001 76 Years Old He was Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee between 2001 and 2003, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee between 2007 and 2009 and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee between 2009 and 2012. … Read More
2006 81 Years Old Inouye's wife of nearly 57 years, Margaret "Maggie" Awamura Inouye, died of cancer on March 13, 2006.
2008 83 Years Old On May 24, 2008, he married Irene Hirano in a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. … Read More
2009 84 Years Old In 2009, Inouye assumed leadership of the powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations after longtime chairman Robert Byrd stepped down.
…  He was a member of the Democratic Party, and he was President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010 until his death in 2012, making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history.
In 2012, Inouye began using a wheelchair in the Senate to preserve his knees, and received an oxygen concentrator to aid his breathing.
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