Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Medal of Honor awardee, is dead

Daniel K. Inouye, who represented Hawaii in the Senate for 50 years, died on Monday at Walter Reed hospital. He was 88. Inouye served in the most decorated army unit in history - the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up entirely of Japanese American soldiers. Almost all the members of the unit had family languishing in Roosevelt's concentration camps. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in April for an action that occurred in April, 1945. Here is the citation for that award: 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...(Read Full Post)