Hawaii’s senior senator Daniel K. Inouye died Monday, from respiratory complications, at the age of 88.
Senator Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient from his service during World War II.
Today, the United States expressed sadness of the passing of Senator Inouye.
In her remarks in Washington DC, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Senator Inouye inspired others to reach for the American dream.
“No matter what barrier was in his way, Danny shattered it.” – Ms. Clinton
According to Ms. Clinton, Senator Iouye was the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in history and the first Japanese-American to serve in the House of Representatives and Senate.
“He was a soldier, a Medal of Honor recipient and a hero.” – Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton pointed out that despite the accolades from a lifetime of service, Senator Inouye never lost his humility and compassion.
“Danny was an icon in his native state of Hawaii and a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised, minorities, and women throughout the country.” – Ms. Clinton
Senator Inouye spent his life working for a brighter future, and we are all better off for it.
“I will always cherish his friendship and guidance in the Senate. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Irene, and all those whose lives he touched.” – Ms. Clinton
In 2009, the Aerospace Industries Association presented Senator Daniel K. Inouye with the prestigious Wings of Liberty Award, in recognition of his longtime support of the aerospace and defense industry.
Inouye was the second most-senior member of the U.S. Senate and has been a member and former chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee for 40 years and a member of the Appropriations Committee, for 38 years, which he has chaired. In that capacity, Senator Inouye enabled the US military to be the best equipped in the world.
Senator Inouye served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was wounded in combat in Italy. He later received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, for his wartime service.
The award is presented periodically to members of Congress who have made significant contributions to help bolster aerospace and national defense. The award, which embodies the spirit of America and the drive to achieve any dream, was made at a reception on Capitol Hill, one of several events celebrating National Aerospace Day.