Aloha Senator Inouye

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    One of the last of the old school passed last night. He was a good man- served his country well at a time when it wasn't certain it wanted him and those who looked like him to be here at all- winning the Medal of Honor as a member of the all Nisei "Go For Broke" 442 Inf Regiment. He was the first congressman from Hawaii in 1959 and never lost an election. HE was an unapologetic old school politician - and he was something else- he was a patriot who didn't believe that it was good for the country or his constitutents to turn into mindless lemmings and go charging off the cliff if they didn't get 100% of what they wanted. I voted against him when I lived in Hawaii, but I still respected him- as did most of his colleagues. His last word was fittingly : "Aloha".

    Sen Inouye gave a very poignant interview in the Ken Burns special " the War" a few years ago. His dad's words to him as he left to go to war: "This country has been good to me... We owe a lot to this country... Do not dishonor this country, do not dishonor the family and if you must die, die in honor...". I think he lived up to his dad's words throughout his life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aZ8LNfVzJE
    Aloha Senator Dan
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  2. AF6872

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    An honorable man. RIP
     
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Well and Nobly said!

    Aloha Senator!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  4. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Someone printed out his bio at the office. After reading his MoH citation, most people were having trouble finding words to express their amazement!

    Talk about leaving BIG shoes to fill!

    RIP Senator.
     

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