Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Aloha Senator Inouye

A decorated war hero and a Senator for longer than I have been alive, Daniel Inouye was a textbook definition of a patriot.

His final word: "Aloha".

From Sen. Inouye's Medal of Honor Citation via TPM...
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.
From Smart Politics...
The passing of 88-year old Hawaii Democratic U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye on Monday afternoon marks the end of a legislative career that ranks as the second longest in the history of the nation's upper legislative chamber. 
In a Senate career that predated the Civil Rights Act, Inouye served alongside a total of 412 men and women in the U.S. Senate over the last 49 years, 11 months, and 15 days. Among those were 218 Democrats, 189 Republicans, three independents, one Conservative, and one from the Independence Party.

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