He may have been on the opposite side of the aisle, but he also served honorably in our Armed Forces, and for that, I salute him and mourn his passing.
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the most senior member of the upper chamber, died Monday at the age of 88.
According to his office, the senator’s final word was “Aloha.”
Inouye was hospitalized earlier this month at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for respiratory complications, but aides had said he was stable and improving.
He was a medical volunteer at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack, and in 1943, when the Army again allowed Japanese-Americans to join, he signed up for the mostly-Japanese 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He gave his right arm for his country, was honorably discharged as a Captain, and later received the Medal of Honor. That’s a service record to be proud of.
Godspeed, Captain Inouye.