Daniel Inouye
United States Army Medal of Honor recipient, politician
Daniel Inouye
Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient and a United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the 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. Inouye was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior U.S. senator at the time of his death.
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Donald W. Evans, Jr. Sp 4 USA - POTENTIAL LOST
Hawaii Reporter - over 2 years
SP4 Donald W. Evans, Jr. USA Medal of Honor BY DUANE A. VACHON PH.D.  One of the great loves in Evans life was the Riverside International Raceway. Only 30 miles from Evans home town, Covina California. During the 60’s and 70’s Riverside was the gathering place of those who loved racing. Nascar raced there as did  the Can-Am and Trans Am series. Evans spoke often of his days racing at that track and vowed to return there someday. There was an even greater love in Evans life.  Six months prior to being inducted into the service he married the love of his life, Bonnie Jean.  Bonnie never remarried after Evans death. Ready to live the American dream, married to the love of his life Bonnie Jean, a Master’s Degree from Pepperdine. Life looked good for Evans and his wife. The Selective Service and the NVA were about to shatter their dreams. Evans was twenty-two when he was inducted  into the Army, and after basic training he was selected to be trained as a Medic. In May, 1966, afte ...
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Analysis: Congress Aims to Fix Busted Budgeting
The Street - about 3 years
By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON -- In President Ronald Reagan's final State of the Union address, he slammed Congress for sending him a 14-pound, 1,053-page single spending bill. He warned lawmakers not to try his patience by doing it again. "And if you do, I will not sign it," Reagan said. Guess what? It worked. In 1988, Congress passed 13 separate spending bills by the rarely met Oct. 1 deadline. Twenty-six years later, an even larger bill of the type Reagan decried was seen as a triumph as it sped through Congress last week. That's evidence of just how badly the annual appropriations process -- the little-watched but extremely important means by which Congress sets the government's annual spending priorities -- has gone off the rails. The omnibus bill -- really 12 bills wrapped into one - was "rushed to passage without amendment or meaningful review," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. "The American people have no real ability to know what's in it or hold us, their elected represe ...
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Mayor Bloomberg To Headline Sen. Schatz Fundraiser In Hawaii
Huffington Post - about 3 years
After more than a decade as New York City's mayor, it looks like Michael Bloomberg has decided which sunset he'll ride off into when his third and final term is over on the first of the year. Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, who is up for re-election in 2014, has landed the venerable mayor to headline a fundraising reception in Honolulu on Jan. 2. A ticket for the event, to be held at the Kahala home of developer Duncan MacNaughton, is $1,000. It is being presented by "The MacNaughton Family" and "The Kobayashi Family." A Schatz campaign spokesman confirmed the Bloomberg appearance Tuesday but would not comment further. Schatz currently has a huge fundraising lead over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging Schatz in the 2014 Democratic primary. While Hanabusa is a local favorite -- Senator Daniel Inouye's dying wish was that she succeed him in the Senate -- Schatz has garnered considerable national attention and support. This past summer, Al Gore endorsed Sen. Schatz, citi ...
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The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Part One)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy grows nearer the inability of the Establishment news media to consider fairly the facts in the case remains as pronounced as it was during previous commemorations. In trying to explain why opinion polls have shown for decades now that a majority of Americans do not accept the Warren Commission's "lone gunman" theory, historians and journalists have often fallen back on what has become a familiar (yet unconvincing) narrative about the meaning of those horrific events in Dallas in November 1963. The dominant storyline goes something like this: The American people could never accept the notion that a high school drop-out loser like Lee Harvey Oswald could single-handedly kill such an inspiring public figure as JFK, therefore they've embraced "conspiracy theories" to give meaning to what was essentially a meaningless act. The historian Robert Dallek, in his biography of Kennedy, An Unfinished Life (2003 ...
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A Little Boy Meets the Pope: Remembering a Special Moment
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We still don't know the name or age of the little boy who joined Pope Francis Saturday during a papal address at the Vatican -- and the Pope's gracious reaction -- but it was a vivid reminder of a four-year-old boy from northern Virginia who did the same thing with one of the Pope's predecessors 12 years ago. Only Brendan Kelly had an even more special moment with Pope John Paul II because of two things: he had Down Syndrome and was seriously ill with leukemia, and he and his parents returned to the U.S. via Newark just hours before Arab terrorists hijacked a plane in Newark and planned to crash it into the U.S. Capitol or the White House before passengers forced the plane to crash in Pennsylvania. I know about Brendan because I wrote about him shortly after the September 2011 terrorist attacks on the U.S., and I knew his grandfathers, one of whom worked for Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and the other a prominent Washington lawyer. Because of them, I learned of Brendan's almost fair ...
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Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye On His 89th Birthday
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Today would have been Senator Daniel Inouye's 89th birthday. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is hosting a public celebration today at the Honolulu Civic Center and planting a new kukui nut tree on the grounds in honor of the late senator. To remember the quiet dignity and wisdom of Senator Inouye, we recommend the thoughtful and touching tribute that Michael Zuckerman and David Gergen wrote back in December for CNN. A short excerpt is below, but the whole piece, which includes some truly amazing stories from the Senator's service during World War II, is highly recommended: There were many who knew Sen. Dan Inouye, a Democrat and Medal of Honor recipient from Hawaii who passed away Monday, better than we did. But we had the good fortune of sitting with him this past summer, interviewing him and hearing some of the remarkable stories from his life in America's service. The portrait that emerged was that of a man of courage, character, and, perhaps above all, a singular spirit ...
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Lugar wins coveted Medal of Freedom - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Google News - over 3 years
San Francisco Chronicle Lugar wins coveted Medal of Freedom Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana is among 16 people who were named recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. The White House announced that Lugar, a longtime foreign policy leader, will join former President Bill Clinton, ... Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey, Bill ClintonPolitico Oprah, Clinton and 14 others earn Presidential Medal of FreedomNBCNews.com Sen. Daniel Inouye to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom, Hig - Hawaii News ...Hawaii News Now Atlanta Journal Constitution -Voice of America -Afro American all 133 news articles »
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Obama Giving Out Big Honors
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton is headed back to the White House – just for a day – and Oprah is coming, too. Clinton and Oprah Winfrey will be among 16 people that President Barack Obama will venerate later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday. They'll join other prominent people to be honored this year, including musicians, scientists, activists – even an astronaut. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy created the modern version of the medal – the highest honor the U.S. bestows on civilians – with the stroke of a pen to an executive order. In the five decades since, more than 500 people have been recognized for contributions to society of all stripes. "This year's honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world," Obama said in a statement. Clinton, who served as Arkansas' governor before being elected the 42n ...
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Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:53 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013 HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate on Thursday, setting up a primary showdown that almost certainly will be the state's marquee race next year. The former state lawmaker starting her second term in Congress will be running against fellow Democrat and incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who was appointed to the post after longtime Sen. Daniel Inouye died in December. Hanabusa's presence in the race gives Schatz a true opponent in a state known to vote heavily Democratic; in an open Senate race last year, Democrat and then-U.S. Earlier Thursday, the campaign announced endorsements of Schatz from the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the United Food ...
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Congressional Gold Medal goes on national tour
Fox News - about 4 years
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded last year to Japanese-Americans who served in World War II is going on a national tour. An exhibition featuring the medal will open on Saturday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. It will then travel to museums in Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., Chicago and Houston over the next year. Irene Hirano Inouye says her late husband — U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who lost his right arm fighting with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy — saw the tour as an important way to tell others the story. Congress last year awarded the medal collectively to those who served three Japanese-American units: the 442nd, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service.
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Norma Cook Everist: What Images Do We Shape for Ourselves? The Formative Effects of Dignity, Violence and a Battleground Congress
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A joint session of Congress met Friday, January 4, to certify the results of the U.S. presidential election held last November 6th. Tellers read the results of the states and the District of Columbia one by one: "The certificate of the electoral vote of the state of Connecticut seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears therefrom that Barack Obama of the state of Illinois received seven votes for president and Joseph Biden from the state of Delaware received seven votes for vice president..." "The certificate of the electoral vote of the state of Kansas seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears therefrom that Mitt Romney from the commonwealth of Massachusetts received six votes for president and Paul Ryan from the state of Wisconsin received six votes for vice president." No guns. No violence. It was dignified, even inspiring in its quiet way. The outcome, of course, had been known; the win was substantial: 332 votes for Obama/Biden to 206 for ...
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Patty Murray: 'I Opened The Door' For Senate Record
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- You wouldn't know it by watching Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on the Senate floor Thursday, but history was being made and she was a big part of the reason why. Murray was one of 20 female senators sworn in for the 113th Congress -- a record high. As chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, she had specifically recruited women to run and, as it turned out, four of her five candidates won: newly elected Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). "I opened the door," Murray told HuffPost. "Others would have left it closed." But as senators in both parties buzzed around the Senate chamber on Thursday, embracing each other and welcoming new faces, Murray sat quietly in the back and just watched. "I was looking out at what was in front of me. And it was just great," she said. "I mean, when I first came here, there were six of us. And today I was just looking out at this r ...
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20 Women Make History In The Senate
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Amanda Terkel, Jennifer Bendery, Ryan Grim, Eliot Nelson and Laura Bassett contributed reporting. WASHINGTON -- Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, stood in the hallway of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, just after being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as one of the record 20 female senators, and looked around. "If you want to know about the number of women, look at the walls," she said to Bruce Mann, the husband of fellow new Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The Capitol is full of portraits, busts and statues of men. Outside the Senate chamber, more than 35 faces of white men look down on the hallways, from a large likeness of founder Ben Franklin that gazes down quizzically to a bust of former President Richard Nixon that sits, ironically, outside a room where Democrats meet for lunch. One woman, former Sen. Hattie Caraway (D-Ark.), is represented on the wall, looking somber in a black dress along the west side of the Ohio Clock Corridor. Of t ...
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Al Eisele: Sen. Inouye's Message to the 113th Congress
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It was 40 years to the day since Daniel Inouye had been elected to represent the new state of Hawaii in Congress and he still couldn't believe his good fortune. "If I had told someone 40 years ago that this is what I'd be doing now, they would have said, 'You're nuts,'" he said when I interviewed him on July 28, 1999. Inouye, who was then 74, had just been reelected to his seventh term in the Senate after two terms in the House, and I asked him how much longer he would serve. "If my health holds out, I'd like stick around if the people of Hawaii want me to," he said. "It depends on health concerns, and obviously, the people's will." Inouye, who died last week at the age of 88, was accorded the highest honors of his country, lying in state in the U.S. Capitol before President Obama spoke at his funeral, and reams have been written about his incredible life as World War II war hero, the first Japanese American elected to Congress, and one of the most powerful lawmakers ...
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Video: Hawaii's new senator sworn-in
CBS News - about 4 years
Brian Schatz, Hawaii's new senator, was sworn in on Capitol Hill. Schatz succeeded Daniel Inouye, who died two weeks ago at age 88.
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Biden swears in Schatz as new senator for Hawaii
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Biden swears in Schatz as new senator for Hawaii Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:08 pm, Thursday, December 27, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Schatz symbolized a generational change in Hawaii's Senate delegation, taking the hand of his new colleague, 88-year-old Sen. Daniel Akaka, moments before being sworn in Thursday as the successor to the late Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office in a chamber peopled by a dozen Democratic senators and a handful of Republicans. Schatz is a former state representative and onetime chairman of the state Democratic Party who ran Obama's 2008 campaign in Hawaii. "[...] Sen. Inouye's views and his wishes were taken into account fully, but the charge of the central committee, and by extension then myself as governor, was to act ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daniel Inouye
  • 2012
    Age 87
    Inouye's body lay in state at the United States Capitol rotunda on December 20, 2012; only the 31st person—and first Asian-American—so honored.
    More Details Hide Details President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner spoke at a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on December 21. Inouye's body was then flown to Hawaii, where it lay in state at the Hawaii State Capitol on December 22. A second funeral service was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu the following day. On May 23, 2013, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the next Arleigh Burke–class destroyer (DDG) would be named to honor Inouye. In December 2013 the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (then under construction) at Haleakala Observatory on Maui was renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in his honor.
    In November 2012, he suffered a minor cut after falling in his apartment and was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
    More Details Hide Details On December 6, he was again hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital so doctors could further regulate his oxygen intake, and was transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center on December 10.
    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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  • 2010
    Age 85
    Following the latter's death on June 28, 2010, Inouye was elected President pro tempore, the officer third in the presidential line of succession.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Inouye announced his decision to run for a ninth term. He easily won the Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic state—and then trounced Republican state representative Campbell Cavasso with 74 percent of the vote. Inouye ran for Senate majority leader several times without success. Prior to his death, Inouye announced that he planned to run for a record tenth term in 2016, when he would have been 92 years old. He also said, On May 23, 2005, Inouye was a member of a bipartisan group of fourteen moderate senators, known as the Gang of 14, to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the "nuclear option", a means of forcibly ending a filibuster. Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and the three most conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William H. Pryor, Jr.) would receive a vote by the full U.S. Senate.
    Because of his seniority, following Senator Byrd's death on June 28, 2010, Inouye became President pro tempore of the Senate, making him third in the presidential line of succession after the Vice President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
    More Details Hide Details He was a Medal of Honor recipient and a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Daniel Inouye was born on September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Hyotaro and Kame (Imanaga) Inouye. He was a Nisei Japanese American, the son of a Japanese immigrant father and a mother whose parents had migrated from Japan. He grew up in the Bingham Tract, a Chinese-American enclave in the predominantly Japanese American community of Mōiliili in Honolulu. Inouye graduated from Honolulu's President William McKinley High School.
    On May 27, 2010, Ms. Hirano was elected by the board to chair the nation's second largest non-profit organization The Ford Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details Inouye's son Kenny was the guitarist for influential D.C. hardcore punk band Marginal Man. On May 27, 1947, he was honorably discharged and returned home as a Captain with a Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, 2 Purple Hearts, and 12 other medals and citations. In 2000, his Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor.
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 84
    In 2009, Inouye assumed leadership of the powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations after longtime chairman Robert Byrd stepped down.
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  • 2008
    Age 83
    On May 24, 2008, he married Irene Hirano in a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
    More Details Hide Details Ms. Hirano was president and founding chief executive officer of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California. She resigned the position at the time of her marriage in order to be closer to her husband. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, Inouye was twenty-four years older than Hirano.
  • 2006
    Age 81
    Inouye's wife of nearly 57 years, Margaret "Maggie" Awamura Inouye, died of cancer on March 13, 2006.
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  • 2001
    Age 76
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was reelected eight times, usually without serious difficulty. His closest race was in 1992 when state senator Rick Reed held him to 57 percent of the vote—the only time he received less than 69 percent of the vote. He delivered the keynote address at the turbulent 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and gained national attention for his service on the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 1992
    Age 67
    During the campaign in 1992, Inouye's hairdresser was revealed to have alleged that he had forced himself on her and sexually harassed her.
    More Details Hide Details But the Republican challenger used this information for his own gains, and voters kept Inouye in office.
  • 1987
    Age 62
    Inouye was also involved in the Iran-Contra investigations of the 1980s, chairing a special committee (Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition) from 1987 until 1989.
    More Details Hide Details During the hearings, Inouye referred to the operations that had been revealed as a "secret government" saying: Criticizing the logic of Marine Lt. Colonel Oliver North's justifications for his actions in the affair, Inouye made reference to the Nuremberg trials, provoking a heated interruption from North's attorney Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr., an exchange that was widely repeated in the media at the time. He was also seen as a pro-Taiwan senator, and helped in forming the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • 1984
    Age 59
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 51
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 37
    In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, succeeding fellow Democrat Oren E. Long.
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  • 1959
    Age 34
    Midway through Inouye's first term in the territorial senate, Hawaii achieved statehood. He won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as Hawaii's first full member, and took office on August 21, 1959, the same date Hawaii became a state; he was re-elected in 1960.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Inouye was the most senior U.S. senator at the time of his death. He is one of the longest-serving U.S. Senators in history, second only to Robert Byrd. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S. Senate. He never lost an election in 58 years as an elected official, and exercised an outsize influence on Hawaii politics. At the time of his death, Inouye was the second-oldest sitting U.S. senator, after Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who also died soon afterwards.
  • 1957
    Age 32
    He served two terms there, and was elected to the Hawaii territorial senate in 1957.
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  • 1953
    Age 28
    In 1953, Daniel Inouye was elected to the Hawaii territorial House of Representatives, and was immediately elected majority leader.
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    He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., in 1953 and was elected into the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.
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    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.
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  • 1950
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1945
    Age 20
    Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the enemy could retaliate, he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest. Although wounded by a sniper’s bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm. Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental in the capture of the ridge. Second Lieutenant Inouye’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The ridge served as a strongpoint of the German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, the last and most unyielding line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach. Ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and his Thompson submachine gun. When informed of the severity of his wound, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss. As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, coming within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade, a German soldier inside the bunker fired a rifle grenade, which struck his right elbow, nearly severing most of his arm and leaving his primed grenade reflexively "clenched in a fist that suddenly didn't belong to me anymore". Inouye's horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. While the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye pried the live grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left.
  • 1944
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was promoted to second lieutenant for his actions there. At one point while he was leading an attack, a shot struck him in the chest directly above his heart, but the bullet was stopped by the two silver dollars he happened to have stacked in his shirt pocket. He continued to carry the coins throughout the war in his shirt pocket as good luck charms, until he lost them shortly before the battle in which he lost his arm.
  • 1943
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He volunteered to be part of the segregated all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This army formation was mostly made up of second-generation Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland.
  • 1941
    Age 16
    During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Inouye served as a medical volunteer.
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  • 1924
    Born on September 7, 1924.
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