Skip to comments.R.I.P. Sen. Inouye, Hero of the 442nd (Hero of Immense Proportions)
Posted on 12/17/2012 6:19:58 PM PST by indianrightwinger
We have just learned that Senator Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) has passed away at 88. Whatever else the president pro tempore of the Senate was, he was a Nazi-socking badass of a G.I.:
In the fall of 1944, Inouyes unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeks of the war rescuing a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces. The rescue of The Lost Battalion is listed in the U.S. Army annals as one of the most significant military battles of the century. Inouye lost ten pounds, became a platoon leader and won the Bronze Star and a battlefield commission as a Second Lieutenant.
Back in Italy, the 442nd was assaulting a heavily defended hill in the closing months of the war when Lieutenant Inouye was hit in his abdomen by a bullet which came out his back, barely missing his spine. He continued to lead the platoon and advanced alone against a machine gun nest which had his men pinned down. He tossed two hand grenades with devastating effect before his right arm was shattered by a German rifle grenade at close range. Inouye threw his last grenade with his left hand, attacked with a submachine gun and was finally knocked down the hill by a bullet in the leg.
Dan Inouye spent 20 months in Army hospitals after losing his right arm. On May 27, 1947, he was honorably discharged and returned home as a Captain with a Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest award for military valor), Bronze Star, Purple Heart with cluster and 12 other medals and citations.
One hell of a soldier.
He was the real deal. A tough SOB among an outfit of tough SOB’s.
always sad to lose another WW2 vet. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
Sorry, barve man, liberal wackjob and rapist. I don’t hold predators in any regard. He should be flushed, I hope the women he raped protest inside where the dem’s will have him lying in state.
He was definitely the honey badger of the 442: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/inouye.html
Did a search and didn’t find.
"My father just looked straight ahead, and I looked straight ahead, and then he cleared his throat and said, 'America has been good to us. It has given me two jobs. It has given you and your sisters and brothers education. We all love this country. Whatever you do, do not dishonor your country. Remember never dishonor your family. And if you must give your life, do so with honor.' I knew exactly what he ment. I said, 'Yes, sir. Good-bye."
RIP, One Great American.
Hope you have something to back up your previously unheard of and rash claim, otherwise prepare to don the asbestos suit.
No one here will defend his liberal politics, but he was a true and patriotic hero.
I am sorry at the Old mans passing, but why do we allow people to remain in the senate until they die.
We should have a mandatory retirement for all politicians.
Sorry. This thread was meant to honor his American Heroism (highest order). Not his “Senate job till death.”
Patriotic hero of the “upper most” creed. Amen!
Term limits should be worth experimenting with it. If it didn't prove out we could just back to the “die in office” limit.
We have a legislative format in Texas where the Legislature is only in-session part time. Nationally, this could cut way back on the never ending waterfall of new laws that don't really do much that is new or needed.
51 years as a Democrat in the US Senate. Sorry. No Props.
“I am not a fan of his politics. But, I can’t but grieve his death as he died an American hero!! Salute to this Senator”
I can’t say it better than that.
Praise when he fought against the totaritarians. Scorn when he joined the totalitarians. Wonder if there was a “Luke, come over to the dark side” moment?
Repeal the 17th amendment?
His fault his constituents voted for him time after time ?
I think not.
You want term limits, you make them happen.
Don’t go blaming the users, look at the enablers.
Yes, he was.
You have to wonder what happened to him that he would join the scumbag Democrats and help them destroy a once-great nation.
Oh well. RIP, I guess.
By their works ye shall know them.
Brave actions performed due to the
necessity of the day in WWII in no
way make up for the willful deliberative
abuses of power and violations of the
Constitution this person committed for
half a century.