Rest in Peace, Dan Inouye

The second-longest serv­ing U.S. Sen­a­tor ever has passed.  Dan Inouye of Hawaii, a Demo­c­rat, died in a D.C. area hos­pi­tal due to res­pi­ra­tory complications.

He was 88.  Accord­ing to his staff, his last word was “Aloha.”

Inouye was a native Hawai­ian, of Japan­ese decent and was only 17 at the time of the attack on Pearl Har­bor.  He vol­un­teered as a medic help­ing the wound­ing dur­ing and after the attack.

After two years in an intern­ment camp, he later served in the U.S. Army and lost right arm in com­bat dur­ing the final days of the Euro­pean con­flict. In the hos­pi­tal, he met a fel­low patient from Kansas named Bob Dole, who later served with him in the Senate.

He was awarded the Con­gres­sional Medal of Honor.

Here’s his speech on the Sen­ate floor last year on Pearl Har­bor Day to com­mem­o­rate the 70th Anniver­sary of the attack.

 Didn’t agree with much of the man’s pol­i­tics, but they don’t build them like this any­more.  Rest in Peace.

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