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Daniel Inouye
Inouye looking to the camera
United States Senator
from Hawaii

In office
January 3, 1963 – December 17, 2012
Preceded by Oren Long
Succeeded by Brian Schatz
President pro tempore of the United States Senate

In office
June 28, 2010 – December 17, 2012
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Patrick Leahy
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by John Burns (Delegate)
Succeeded by Thomas Gill
Personal details
Born Daniel Ken Inouye
(1924-09-07)September 7, 1924
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Died December 17, 2012(2012-12-17) (aged 88)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Resting place National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu, Hawaii
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Maggie Shinobu Awamura (1949–2006; her death)
Irene Hirano
(2008–2012; his death)
Children Daniel K. "Ken" Inouye, Jr.
Alma mater University of Hawaii, Manoa
George Washington University
Religion United Methodist[1]
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943–1947
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor recipient Medal of Honor
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal

Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye (pronounced /ɨˈnw/;[2] September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was a Medal of Honor recipient, a recipient (posthumously) of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010 until his death in 2012,[3] making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history.[4] Inouye was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior U.S. senator at the time of his death. He is the second-longest serving U.S. Senator in history after Robert Byrd. Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in the U.S. Congress since it achieved statehood in 1959 until the time of his death, serving as Hawaii's first U.S. Representative and later a senator. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S. Senate. Before then, he served in the Hawaii territorial house from 1954 to 1958 and the territorial senate from 1958 to 1959. He never lost an election in 58 years as an elected official. At the time of his death, Inouye was the second-oldest sitting U.S. senator, after Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

Because of his seniority, following Senator Byrd's death on June 28, 2010, Inouye became president pro tempore of the Senate, making him third in the presidential line of succession after the Vice President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Early life

Daniel Inouye was born on September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Kame (née Imanaga) and Hyotaro Inouye.[5] He was a Nisei Japanese American, as the son of a Japanese immigrant father and a mother whose parents had also immigrated from Japan. He grew up in the Bingham Tract, a Chinese-American enclave within the predominantly Japanese American community of ʻiliʻili in Honolulu. He graduated from Honolulu's President William McKinley High School.[6]


Inouye's wife of nearly 57 years, Margaret "Maggie" Awamura Inouye, died of cancer on March 13, 2006. On May 24, 2008, he married Irene Hirano in a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. Ms. Hirano was president and founding chief executive officer of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California. She resigned the position at the time of her marriage in order to be closer to her husband. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, at the time of their wedding Inouye was twenty-four years older than Hirano. On May 27, 2010, Ms. Hirano was elected by the board to chair the nation's second largest non-profit organization The Ford Foundation.[7] Inouye's son Kenny was the guitarist for influential D.C. hardcore punk band Marginal Man.[8]

Military service (1941–1947)

During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Inouye served as a medical volunteer.[9]

In 1943, when the U.S. Army dropped its enlistment ban on Japanese Americans, Inouye curtailed his premedical studies at the University of Hawaii and enlisted in the Army.[9] He volunteered to be part of the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team.[10] This army unit was mostly made up of second-generation Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland.[11]

Inouye was promoted to the rank of sergeant within his first year, and he was given the role of platoon leader. He served in Italy in 1944 during the Rome-Arno Campaign before his regiment was transferred to the Vosges Mountains region of France, where he spent two weeks in the battle to relieve the Lost Battalion, a battalion of the 141st Infantry Regiment that was surrounded by German forces. He was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant for his actions there. At one point while he was leading an attack, a shot struck him in the chest directly above his heart, but the bullet was stopped by the two silver dollars he happened to have stacked in his shirt pocket.[12] He continued to carry the coins throughout the war in his shirt pocket as good luck charms until he lost them shortly before the battle in which he lost his arm.[13]

On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy, called Colle Musatello. The ridge served as a strongpoint along the strip of German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, which represented the last and most unyielding line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions just 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach; ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and fire from his Thompson submachine gun. After being informed of the severity of his wound by his platoon sergeant, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he also successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss.[14]

Inouye as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army

As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, eventually drawing within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade into the fighting position, a German inside the bunker fired a rifle grenade that struck him on the right elbow, severing most of his arm and leaving his own primed grenade reflexively "clenched in a fist that suddenly didn't belong to me anymore".[15] Inouye's horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. While the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye pried the live grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left. As the German aimed his rifle to finish him off, Inouye tossed the grenade into the bunker and destroyed it. He stumbled to his feet and continued forward, silencing the last German resistance with a one-handed burst from his Thompson before being wounded in the leg and tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. When he awoke to see the concerned men of his platoon hovering over him, his only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them to return to their positions, since, as he pointed out, "nobody called off the war!"[16]

The remainder of Inouye's mutilated right arm was later amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia, as he had been given too much morphine at an aid station and it was feared any more would lower his blood pressure enough to kill him.[17]

Although Inouye had lost his right arm, he remained in the military until 1947 and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. At the time of his leaving the Army, he was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. Inouye was initially awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in this action, with the award later being upgraded to the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton (alongside 19 other Nisei servicemen who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were believed to have been denied proper recognition of their bravery due to their race).[18] His story, along with interviews with him about the war as a whole, were featured prominently in the 2007 Ken Burns documentary The War.[19]

While recovering at Percy Jones Army Hospital from war wounds and the amputation of his right forearm following the grenade wound, Inouye met future Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, then a fellow patient. While at the same hospital, Inouye also met future fellow Democrat and Senator Philip Hart, who had been injured on D-Day. Dole mentioned to Inouye that after the war, he planned to go to Congress; Inouye beat him there by a few years. The two remained lifelong friends. In 2003, the hospital was renamed the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in honor of the three World War II veterans.[20]

Congressional career

Due to the loss of his arm, Inouye abandoned his plans to become a surgeon,[9] and returned to college to study political science under the G.I. Bill. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., in 1953 and was elected into the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. In 1953, he was elected to the Hawaii territorial House of Representatives, and was immediately elected majority leader. He served two terms there, and was elected to the Hawaii territorial senate in 1957.

Midway through Inouye's first term in the territorial senate, Hawaii achieved statehood. He won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as Hawaii's first full member, and took office on August 21, 1959, the same date Hawaii became a state; he was re-elected in 1960.

In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, succeeding fellow Democrat Oren E. Long. He was reelected eight times, usually without serious difficulty. His closest race was in 1992 when state senator Rick Reed held him to 57 percent of the vote—the only time he received less than 69 percent of the vote. He delivered the keynote address at the turbulent 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago,[9] and gained national attention for his service on the Senate Watergate Committee. He was chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence from 1975 until 1979, and chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs from 1987 until 1995 and from 2001 until 2003. Inouye was also involved in the Iran-Contra investigations of the 1980s, chairing a special committee (Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition) from 1987 until 1989. During the hearings, Inouye referred to the operations that had been revealed as a "secret government" saying:

"[There exists] a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself."[21]

Criticizing the logic of Marine Lt. Colonel Oliver North's justifications for his actions in the affair, Inouye made reference to the Nuremberg trials, provoking a heated interruption from North's attorney Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr., an exchange that was widely repeated in the media at the time. He was also seen as a pro-Taiwan senator, and helped in forming the Taiwan Relations Act.

In 2009, Inouye assumed leadership of the powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations after longtime chairman Robert Byrd stepped down. Following the latter's death on June 28, 2010, Inouye was elected president pro tempore, the officer third in the presidential line of succession.

In 2010, Inouye announced his decision to run for a ninth term.[22] He easily won the Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic state—and then trounced Republican state representative Campbell Cavasso with 74 percent of the vote.

Prior to his death, Inouye announced that he planned to run for a record tenth term in 2016, when he would have been 92 years old.[23][24] He also said, "I have told my staff and I have told my family that when the time comes, when you question my sanity or question my ability to do things physically or mentally, I don't want you to hesitate, do everything to get me out of here, because I want to make certain the people of Hawaii get the best representation possible."[25]

Gang of 14

On May 23, 2005, Inouye was a member of a bipartisan group of fourteen moderate senators,[citation needed] known as the Gang of 14, to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the "nuclear option",[citation needed] a means of forcibly ending a filibuster. Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and the three most conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William H. Pryor, Jr.) would receive a vote by the full U.S. Senate.[citation needed]

Electoral history

Honors and decorations

  • Grand Cross of the Philippine Legion of Honor in 1993
  • On June 21, 2000, Inouye was presented the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton for his service during World War II
  • In 2006, the U S Navy Memorial awarded Inouye its Naval Heritage award for his support of the U S Navy and the military during his terms in the Senate.
  • Grand Cross (Bayani) of the Order of Lakandula on August 14, 2006.[27]
  • In 2007, Inouye was personally inducted as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
  • In February 2009, a bill was filed in the Philippine House of Representatives by Rep. Antonio Diaz seeking to confer honorary Filipino citizenship on Inouye, Senators Ted Stevens and Daniel Akaka and Representative Bob Filner, for their role in securing the passage of benefits for Filipino World War II veterans.[28]
  • In June 2011, Inouye was appointed a Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, the highest Japanese honor which may be conferred upon a foreigner who is not a head of state. Only the seventh American to be so honored, he is also the first American of Japanese descent to receive it. The conferment of the order was "to recognize his continued significant and unprecedented contributions to the enhancement of goodwill and understanding between Japan and the United States."[29]
  • Inouye was inducted as an honorary member of the Navajo Nation and titled "The Leader Who Has Returned With a Plan".[31]
Daniel Inouye was a lifelong public servant. As a young man, he fought in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, for which he received the Medal of Honor. He was later elected to the Hawaii Territorial House of Representatives, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate. Senator Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in Congress, representing the people of Hawaii from the moment they joined the Union.[32]

Awards and decorations

On May 27, 1947, he was honorably discharged and returned home as a Captain with a Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, 2 Purple Hearts, and 12 other medals and citations. In 2000, his Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor.[33][34][35]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg
Medal of Honor ribbon.svg
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Purple Heart BAR.svg Presidential Medal of Freedom (ribbon).png European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg PHL Legion of Honor - Chief Commander BAR.png JPN Kyokujitsu-sho 1Class BAR.svg Legion Honneur Chevalier ribbon.svg
PHL Order of Lakandula.png Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg JPN Kyokujitsu-sho Paulownia BAR.svg PHL Order of Sikatuna - Grand Cross BAR.png

Combat Infantryman Badge
1st Row Medal of Honor
2nd Row Bronze Star Medal Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster Presidential Medal of Freedom European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star

(with three service stars: Rome-Arno, Northern France and Northern Apennines campaigns)
3rd Row World War II Victory Medal Chief Commander of the Philippine Legion of Honor Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur
4th Row Grand Cross of the Order of Lakandula Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers Grand Cross of the Order of Sikatuna

Medal of Honor citation


President Clinton presenting the Medal of Honor to Senator Inouye on June 21, 2000

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.


President Obama speaking at the funeral service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye.

In 2012 Inouye began using a wheelchair in the Senate to preserve his knees, and received an oxygen concentrator to aid his breathing. In November 2012, he suffered a minor cut after falling in his apartment and was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.[36] On December 6, he was again hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital so doctors could further regulate his oxygen intake, and was transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center on December 10. He died there of respiratory complications seven days later on December 17, 2012.[37][38] According to the senator's Congressional web site, his last word was "Aloha".[39] Prior to his death, Inouye left a letter encouraging Governor Neil Abercrombie to appoint Colleen Hanabusa to succeed Inouye should he become incapacitated;[40] instead Abercrombie appointed Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz.[41][42]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Inouye's death on the floor of the Senate, referring to Inouye as "certainly one of the giants of the Senate." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to Inouye as one of the finest senators in United States history.[43] President Barack Obama referred to him as a "true American hero."[44]

Inouye's body lay in state at the United States Capitol rotunda on December 20, 2012; only the 31st person – and first Asian-American – so honored.[45] President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner spoke at a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on December 21. Inouye's body was then flown to Hawaii, where it lay in state at the Hawaii State Capitol on December 22. A second funeral service was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu the following day.[46][47][48]

See also


  1. "United Methodists honor Inouye’s service". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  2. "''Voice of America'' pronunciation guide". Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  3. Hulse, Carl (June 28, 2010). "Inouye Sworn In as President Pro Tem". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  4. Raju, Manu (June 28, 2010). "Daniel Inouye now in line of presidential succession". Politico. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  5. "Inouye". Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  6. "McKinley High School Hall of Honor". Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  7. "Irene Hirano Inouye to Chair Ford Foundation – Rafu Shimpo". June 3, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  8. "Inouye". Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Associated Press (Chicago), "Keynoter Knows Sting of Bias, Poverty", St. Petersburg Times, August 27, 1968.
  10. Go for Broke National Education Center, "Medal of Honor Recipient 2nd Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye". Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  11. "100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry". May 23, 2005. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  12. Smith, Larry (2004). Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words. W.W. Norton and Company. p. 47. 
  13. "Inouye Reflects on War Exploits". August 18, 1988.,3048052. 
  14. Victor Lipman (December 18, 2012). "Leadership Lessons From The Late Sen. Daniel Inouye". Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  15. Yenne, Bill (2007). Rising sons: the Japanese American GIs who fought for the United States in World War II. Macmillan. p. 216. 
  16. Risjord, Norman K. (2006). Giants in their time: representative Americans from the Jazz Age to the Cold War. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 180. 
  17. "The War". Public Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  18. "Medal of Honor recipients". United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  19. "Daniel Inouye". Public Broadcasting system. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  20. Ed O'Keefe (December 20, 2012). "Bob Dole pays respects to Daniel Inouye in Capitol Rotunda". Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
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  22. Sample, Herbert A. (February 20, 2010). "Inouye to seek another Senate term". Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  23. Manu Raju and John Bresnahan (April 12, 2011). "Sen. Daniel Inouye goes silent on big Hawaiian race". Politico. 
  24. Hamilton, Chris. "The Maui News – Inouye has more he wants to do for (Hawaii Senator emphasizes need for Democrats to remain in control)". The Maui News. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  25. Mizutani, Ron (April 26, 2010). "Sen. Akaka: "God willing, I Plan to Run Again in 2012"". KHON2. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  26. "Daniel Inouye, Senate". Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  27. "Order of Lakandula". Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  28. Leila Salaverria (February 24, 2009). "4 US solons as honorary Filipinos". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  29. "‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers’ for Inouye". Hawaii 24/7. June 22, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  30. "Philippines Mourns Death of Senator Inouye". 2012-12-17.,phildet/. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  31. ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press (2012-12-17). "Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88". Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  32. "President Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients". Office of the Press Secretary, The White House. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  33. "Inouye military biography". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  34. Inouye Combat Infantryman Badge[dead link]
  35. Starr, Kevin (2009). Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950–1963. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 438. ISBN 0199924309. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  36. "Sen. Inouye hospitalized to regulate oxygen intake | Local News – KITV Home". December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  37. Blair, Chad (December 14, 2012). "Is Hawaii Sen. Dan Inouye On The Mend? No One Will Say – Honolulu Civil Beat". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  38. "Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye dies at age 88". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  39. "Statement on the passing of Senator Daniel K Inouye". United States Congress. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  40. "CNN: Inouye gave preference for successor before he died". CNN. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  41. Kristine Uyeno (26 December 2012). "Critics weigh in on Schatz as Senate-appointee". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  42. Lane, Moe (26 December 2012). "Neil Abercrombie ignores Daniel Inouye’s dying wish, picks Brian Schatz for Hawaii Senate.". Red State. Eagle Publishing, Inc.. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  43. "Daniel Inouye dies – Kate Nocera". Politico.Com. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  44. "Statement by the President on the Passing of Senator Daniel Inouye". December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  45. "Senator Inouye’s body lies in state for mourners to pay respects in final Capitol tribute to late Hawaiian lawmaker". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd. December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  46. "Funeral services set for Sen. Inouye; viewing at U.S. Capitol followed by national then local services". 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  47. "US President pays tribute to Hawaii’s Daniel Inouye". Radio New Zealand International. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  48. Neuman, Scott (December 21, 2012). "Sen. Daniel Inouye Remembered As Quiet Inspiration". NPR. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 

External links

  • Obituary – Carlson, Michael, The Guardian, December 18, 2012
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