Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Passing of an American Hero

Senator Daniel Inouye (September 7, 1924- December 17, 2012) has died.

Interned during the war because he was of Japanese descent, he enlisted in the Army and fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a highly decorated outfit. Inouye lost an arm in combat when he took on three German machinegun nests single-handedly. He was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor.*

He was elected to the House of Representatives and began serving on the day that Hawaii became a state in 1959. In 1962, he was elected to the Senate and served there until his death.

This came to me by e-mail:
I’m reminded of a story he used to tell of his first day in Congress. Walking around the capitol, he encountered then-speaker Sam Rayburn who addressed him by name. Inouye expressed his surprise that Rayburn would know his name even though they’d never met. Said Rayburn, ‘Just how many one-armed Japs do you think we have around here.’
Aloha, Senator.
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* In the 1990s, the Army reevaluated how institutional racism led to under-awarding medals for minorities during World War II.

4 comments:

deadstick said...
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deadstick said...

Minor quibble: Inouye was not an internee. That only happened to about a tenth of the Nisei in Hawaii; interning them all would have shut down the economy. Inouye quit med school at the U of Hawaii to enlist in 1943, when the Army began admitting Nisei.

The re-evaluation you mentioned resulted in Bill Clinton awarding him the MoH in 2000.

Old NFO said...

For better or worse, Inouye was second only to Byrd as the king of pork... He was a hero, no question though. RIP sir, RIP!