Daniel Inouye on Principles & Values
Democratic Sr Senator (HI)
In March 1942, the US military repaid Inouye be declaring that all young men of Japanese ancestry would be designated 4-C, which meant "enemy alien," unfit for service. Inouye says, "That really hit me. I considered myself patriotic, and to be told you could not put on a uniform, that was an insult. Thousands of us signed petitions, asking to be able to enlist."
The Army decided to form an all-Japanese American unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Inouye and his buddies went into combat with the 5th Army in Italy. They were out to prove something. "I felt that there was a need for us to demonstrate that we were just as good as anybody else," he says. "The price was bloody and expensive, but I felt we succeeded."
He spent 20 months in hospitals before his discharge as a captain.
After just one term in the House, Inouye was elected to the Senate in 1962, and he's been successfully reelected 6 times. He's highly regarded on both sides of the aisle for his middle of the road Democratic party principles and his measured, almost stately style.
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