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Daniel Inouye RIP

Senator Daniel Inouye, the longest serving U.S.Senator after the passing of Robert Byrd, died today.

While I disagreed with most of the man’s politics, he was indeed a true American hero.

His Medal of Honor citation:

First_Lt_Daniel_InouyeSecond 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.

He was a medical volunteer immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack, and enlisted in 1943, after the U.S. Army dropped it’s ban on Japanese-Americans.  I remember seeing him on a late-night talk show (Tomorrow – Tom Snyder?) and he spoke of being 17 and looking skyward at the attacking planes flying over his home shaking his fist and saying, “God Damn Japs!”

RIP Senator.

h/t TinCan Assassin

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “Daniel Inouye RIP

  1. That he was… RIP Sir, RIP!

    Posted by Old NFO | December 17, 2012, 6:21 pm
  2. He will be having a great reunion with his life-long friend, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, about now. Two gentlemen of the old school, heroes and statesmen. We are greatly, greatly diminished by their loss.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | December 17, 2012, 6:24 pm
  3. Thank you for remembering. And I do agree, you can disagree with someone’s politics and still admire the man and the convictions on which he based a life.

    RIP Sir.

    Posted by brigid | December 17, 2012, 8:33 pm
  4. While I disagreed with most of the man’s politics

    Ya think?
    While a true hero in uniform, Daniel Inouye prostituted his position in the Senate to undermine the very constitution he swore to uphold. (much like Diane Fineswine still does)

    IMHO, he went from hero to zero faster than Randall “Duke” Cunningham.

    Posted by KM | December 18, 2012, 7:47 pm

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