The world has lost another sheep dog today. Senator Daniel Inouye has died. For those who do not know who he was, Senator Inouye was a nine term senator from Hawaii, he was also a hero. On June 21, 2000 Senator Inouye was awarded the Medal Of Honor for actions in San Terenzo Italy on April 21, 1945.
Senator Inouye was awarded the Medal Of Honor took out two machine gun nests with hand grenades, he was wounded by a sniper taking out a third machine gun nest. He continued to take out machine gun nests at close range until an enemy grenade shatter his right arm, despite his wounds and pain he refused to be Medevaced out until the enemy broke contact and his platoon was organized into a defensive perimeter. (Read complete Medal Of Honor citation here.)
Senator Inouye started his military experience before he even joined the Army. On December 7, 1941 while still in high school he did not hesitate to join the medical volunteers who helped the wounded at Pearl Harbor.
Senator Inouye is one of only seven Americans, and the only Japanese-American to be awarded Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers from the Government of Japan for distinguished merit, an award usually only given to high-ranking Japanese officials and General Officers.
Senator Inouye’s other awards include Distinguished Service Cross (The Army’s second highest award for valor behind the Medal Of Honor which he was also awarded), Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. He also earned a battle field commission to 2nd Lieutenant, he left the Army in 1947 as a Captain.
Senator Daniel Inouye was a Hero in the truest sense of the world. The world is now a little darker for losing him. Rest In Peace Sir, you earned it. You will never be forgotten