Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the Senate’s most senior Democrat, died Monday from respiratory complications. He was 88.
Inouye was a World War II veteran, a Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii’s senior senator. He was hospitalized at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the time of his death.
His wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, and his son, Daniel Ken Inouye Jr., were at his side. Last rites were performed by Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, on Monday night called Inouye “one of the greats” of the chamber.
Inouye’s story is the story of modern Hawaii. During his eight decades of public service, he helped build and shape the island state.
Inouye began his career in public service at 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
He served with ‘E’ company of the 442 Regimental Combat Team, a group consisting entirely Americans with Japanese ancestry.
Inouye lost his arm charging a series of machine gun nests on a hill in San Terenzo, Italy, on April 21, 1945. His actions during that battle earned him the Medal of Honor…
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