In his own soft-spoken words, from our Americans at War Series.

In part:

Daniel Inouye / U.S. Army /Served 1943-1947. Inouye’s remarkable act of courage resulted in being awarded the Medal of Honor. This can be partly explained by the words his Japanese immigrant father told him before deploying, “This country has been good to us. Whatever you do, do not dishonor this country and if you must die, die with honor.”

In the outtakes of this video, Inouye related to the Naval Institute that the grenade was in the hand of the arm that was blown off (THE ONE BLOWN OFF), pulled out the grenade out of that hand and threw it over enemy lines.

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  • vtbikerider

    Incredible, humble man, dedicated public servant and true war hero. Not many of his generation left around any more. Glad that at least the 100th Infantry Battalion is still around to carry on the lineage of the 442nd.

  • This is the official US Army Medal of Honor Citation:

    Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by
    extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San
    Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important
    road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon
    through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift
    enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and
    mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force.

    Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance
    with crossfire from three machine guns. With complete disregard for his
    personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous
    slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two
    grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the enemy could retaliate,
    he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest. Although wounded by a sniper’s bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm.

    Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again
    deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were
    killed and eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and
    by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his
    platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental
    in the capture of the ridge. Second Lieutenant Inouye’s extraordinary
    heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions
    of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the
    United States Army.


    A Senator who won the Medal of Honor… our nation is blessed to have such men. RIP sir, God bless your family and thank you for your service to our great country.

  • RightCowLeftCoast

    Senator Inouye, was one of a few politicians who sought the repeal of the Recission Act of 1946. Hopefully one of the few veteran Congressmen who can relate to those forgotten veterans will take up the cause. Every day there are fewer and fewer of those American veterans, living in our former Commonwealth, who are alive today. Those former American nationals, never stopped being American veterans; let us not forget them.