RIP, Senator Daniel K. Inouye

United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii’s senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

via Statement on the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye | Press Releases | United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

I may have had my issues with Daniel Inouye as a politician, but there’s no denying he was one hell of a soldier.

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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to

Inouye, Daniel K.

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company E, 442nd Infantry. Place and date: San Terenzo, Italy, 21 April 1945. Birth: 7 September 1924, Honolulu, Hawaii. Entered service at: Honolulu, Hawaii.

Citation:
Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. 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.

Rest in Peace, sir.

Updated and bumped: View of the Capitol Rotunda with Sen. Inouye lying in state.
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I thought this was worth sharing. ~Roamy

9 thoughts on “RIP, Senator Daniel K. Inouye”

  1. I never cared for the man’s politics. But he was a hero. And he will have my abiding respect. RIP LT.

  2. I also dislike his political positions, but he was an American warrior. Also, his citation is one of the best written of any which I have read. It has always gone up my spine when a citation reads “…actions above and beyond the call of duty.” for anyone above the rank of PFC, or E-3. ( I have a rant on the subject ready if someone would care to hear/read it.)

    Paul

    P.S. Has the reply box been changed so that one can see all of what one is typing instead of it being masked by the stuff below here.

    PLQ

    1. Paul, I get a slightly different view of the reply box and regular comment box. I’m not sure what the issue is. Can you expand on that? There may not be much I can do, but if there’s an issue, I’d at least like to know about it.

    2. Brad –

      I had a problem with the reply box on your site at work … until they finally decided that you had a lingerie site and blocked my access.

      What’d happen is that, about 1/3-1/2 of the time or so the box would just be missing entirely. You’d see “Leave a Reply,” but then there’d be nothing underneath it.

      1. Ah. I see.

        WP has been having some issues with scripts running and running and hanging stuff up. That’s the likely cause, and there’s not much I can do about that.

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    3. Sweet. I’ve been looking at some stuff on Amazon tonight … when I buy, I’ll go through your link.

  3. xbradtc:

    I may have been mistaking the problem with the reply box at the Lexicans site with this one. Sorry about that, if that is the case. As there is no problem (for me at least) with this reply box, I think no action is required.

    Thanks for your reply, Paul

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