IAVA remembers WWII veteran Senator Daniel Inouye
Posted by Tom Tarantino on December 18
America lost one of the best symbols of the service of the Greatest Generation - Senator Daniel Inouye. His life was defined by his unyielding commitment to service, both on the battlefield and as a public servant.
That service began as a medical volunteer during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. After graduating high school, he joined the Army where he would serve in both Italy and France. While in Italy, Senator Inouye lead an attack where he was shot in the stomach, but he charged on, in the face of machine gun fire where he eventually lost his arm. He would be given the Medal of Honor for his service in 2000.
Senator Inouye would go on to see his home in Hawaii receive statehood in 1959 and became its first Congressman. In 1964, he became its Senator, embarking on a 9-term career. He was always a friend to this generation of veterans, receiving some of our highest grades in our Report Cards. He was also a co-sponsor of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, working hard to support the education benefits that he sent him to the University of Hawaii following WWII.
He will be sorely missed, both in the Senate and in our community. He is a shining example of the dedication to service that marks our community and the potential of every veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
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