U.S. Senate honors Inouye

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye receives Medal of Honor from President Bill Clinton.

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye receives Medal of Honor from President Bill Clinton.

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – The U.S. Senate Tuesday night honored Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye who died from respiratory complications Monday.

In a unanimous resolution, the Senate paid tribute to Inouye’s service of more than “58 years in the Territorial House of Representatives, Territorial Senate, United States House of Representatives, and United States Senate.”

It was sponsored by Hawaii’s other senator, Daniel K. Akaka, who was Inouye’s colleague of 36 years. Akaka himself is retiring at the end of the year.

The senators noted that Inouye was the first Japanese-American to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and at one time, was in direct succession to the presidency as Senate Pro Tempore.

He also played a key role in the Watergate and Iran-Contra hearings, called by his colleagues as the “voice of reason and conscience of a nation.”

Inouye, who joined the U.S. Army when President Roosevelt lifted the ban on people of Japanese descent to serve in the military, was a decorated World War II veteran and lost an arm in combat.

In June 2000, President Clinton awarded him the Medal of Honor,  along with 21 other Asian-American veterans of World War II for their actions during the war;

Summing up, the Senate resolution concluded:

“Resolved, That–

(1) the Senate has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the death of the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, Senator from the State of Hawaii;
(2) the Secretary of the Senate communicate this resolution to the House of Representatives and transmit an enrolled copy thereof to the family of the deceased; and
(3) when the Senate adjourns today, it stand adjourned as a further mark of respect to the memory of the deceased Senator.”

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