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War Hero and Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye Passes Away at 88

| On 17, Dec 2012

Daniel Inouye Hawaii U.S. Senate House of Representatives World War II

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On the same day the Senate announced the first African-American since Reconstruction will serve in its halls, a major loss was also felt.

Sen. Daniel Inouye (pronounced ih-NO-aye) succumbed at 5:01 p.m. ET on Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He was 88 years old and a veteran of World War II.

The senator fainted in a Senate office on December 6. He was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to Walter Reed three days later. At the time of his death, he was being treated fo respiratory complications, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Inouye served in the U.S. Senate since 1962. Prior to that, he was Hawaii’s first elected official to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Even before Hawaii became a state in 1958, Inouye served in both the Hawaii Territorial House and Senate. Without question, he has been a staple in the state’s political system.

Inouye served in the second World War and lost his right arm in battle in April 1945. He earned a Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster in addition to a Bronze Star. He also received a Presidential Medal of Honor from Bill Clinton in 2000.

According to PoliticoInouye is survived by his wife Irene Hirano. He also leaves behind a son Ken, daughter-in-law Jessica Carroll and a granddaughter, Mary Margaret “Maggie” Inouye. Inouye was preceded in death by his first wife of 57 years, Margaret Awamur Inouye. She passed away in 2006.

Read the official statement about Inouye’s passing from his office.

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