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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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