Never Again In Our Lifetime

December 19th, 2012
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Viewing Haley's Comet, YOU winning da Mega-Bucks or me buying a Hawaii Kai house in cash are far fetched odds and I will lay those same odds dat we will nevah see da likes of Senator Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye.

Honestly, I don't know much about him oddah than he being an iconic figure both in Hawai'i and Capital Hill but aftah reading and hearing about all his accomplishments and his life long service to this country da past few days, you can't help but appreciate - and drop your jaw in awe - for all that he's done for Hawai'i and the United States.

Every single documentary aired leaves you with chicken skin and constantly leaves me speechless which is hard to do. He was an actual living Medal of Honor recipient from the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team famously known as the "Go For Broke" unit and a mo'olelo he told I know will stay in memory forevah.

I cannot tell it without da help of Wikipedia:

On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy called Colle Musatello. The ridge served as a strongpoint along the strip of German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, which represented the last and most unyielding line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions just 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach; ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and fire from his Thompson submachine gun. After being informed of the severity of his wound by his platoon sergeant, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he also successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss.

As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, eventually drawing within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade into the fighting position, a German inside the bunker fired a rifle grenade that struck him on the right elbow, severing most of his arm and leaving his own primed grenade reflexively "clenched in a fist that suddenly didn't belong to me anymore".[11] Inouye's horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. As the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye pried the live grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left. As the German aimed his rifle to finish him off, Inouye tossed the grenade off-hand into the bunker and destroyed it. He stumbled to his feet and continued forward, silencing the last German resistance with a one-handed burst from his Thompson before being wounded in the leg and tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. When he awoke to see the concerned men of his platoon hovering over him, his only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them to return to their positions, since, as he pointed out, "nobody called off the war!"[12]

The remainder of Inouye's mutilated right arm was later amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia, as he had been given too much morphine at an aid station and it was feared any more would lower his blood pressure enough to kill him.[13]

It's actions like these that he carried through his political career as well and the best thing we can do is share his history to inspire others as words alone cannot - will not - evah do Senator Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye justice. I know for a fact dat my life's measurements aren't even remotely close in comparison but I'm grateful to having known (even as little as I do) such a great man, Statesman and true American icon.

Rest In Peace and God Speed.








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17 Responses to “Never Again In Our Lifetime”

  1. che:

    The end of an era in Hawaii. :(


  2. BowlingBuddy:

    I got to meet him personally a few years back. Although he was an "icon", he was very humble and listened at to what we talked about. He made me feel at ease. It was like talking to an "uncle". Will miss "Uncle Dan".


  3. dihudfan:

    lost of a true American hero and patriot... but most of all... local boy with a big heart... may he rest in peace!!!


  4. M:

    Howzit BL!
    He's Hawaii's biggest hero and will be remembered for generations to come.


  5. lowtone123:

    Little known fact...Daniel Inouye was on the ticket for the 1972 Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination.


  6. roach:

    BL,

    Senator Inouye was the best friend of the State of Hawaii had on Capital Hill. His ability to provide federal projects and leadership to us will be sorely missed and unfortunately Hawaii's economy will suffer. The new contingent of senators and representatives will try to the best of their abilities but their lack of seniority will hurt Hawaii. To many of us, we have never known a time without Dan, God help us. Rest in peace.


  7. Ted:

    See this report from the NYT for another perspective on the deceased Senator. While you were dropping your jaw in awe it appears Daniel Inouye may have been dropping his pants...http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/14/us/accusations-against-hawaii-senator-meet-a-silence-in-his-seat-of-power.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm


  8. Da808:

    Though I don't always agree with the "Parties" Democrates and Republicans. Senator Inouye had the skills and ability like no one else to bring both parties together when it came down to crunch time to decide on matters that effect our country. When I was 5th grade I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Senator Inouye, it was a moment I'll treasure for life. Thank you Senator Inouye for all you've done for our country and the State of Hawai'i.


  9. Braddah Lance:

    Ted:
    See this report from the NYT for another perspective on the deceased Senator. While you were dropping your jaw in awe it appears Daniel Inouye may have been dropping his pants

    While I respect free speech and all, I don't feel this kine of comment is appropriate as the accusation never came to fruition. Yes, I did read the article and unless there was an actual charge or investigation for the matter, the article is moot and borderline slander during an election year and calculated per his opponent at that time.

    Also, if there was a history of his actions, others would have come forward as well along with proof since we still live in a country where you're presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty.

    Let's keep our eye on the ball and put some respect in perspective.

    btw, E Komo Mai to WWD! Ted. :grin:


  10. Cojef:

    It is hoped that since there is model of patriotism and honor, from our modest island State, there can rise another like him to devote his life to make it better for the people of Hawaii. He was a giant among great heroes of Our Country we should pray that Hawaii is still capable of producing more like him. Yes we can! I am from his generation and served in the MIS, not as glorious as Daniel Inouye. Bless His soul.


  11. M:

    Guud morning BL!


  12. hemajang:

    Nice post BL, our great grandchildren will be reading about Dan Inouye, his legacy will forever be in history books as one of the greatest Americans not only in Hawaii but the nation. Think my pop knew him post-war during 100th Battalion/442nd RCT get-togethers. Dan Inouye was one of many WWII heroes from Hawaii and volunteers from the interned west coast AJA's. The 100th/442nd has been recognized as the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the U.S. military. So much has been written about their heroism but as individuals most would not bring up their war experiences because of the horrors they witness. It was only later in life that pop would talk openly, he was a POW in Stalag III-C and was able to escape when the Russians were advancing towards their prison. However, he was probably treated more harshly from the Russians than his German captors, said Russians mistook him as a Mongolian deserter.

    The 100th/442nd lost many lives and more with wounds and scars that forever stayed with them. Those that survived were also instrumental in shaping the history of Hawaii. I think they had a very broad perspective, were very keen on the injustices and brought about change for the betterment of their children and grand children. We should be grateful.


  13. SittingInLimbo:

    *rolling my eyes* @ TED!
    RIP Senator Inouye.


  14. Gary:

    When you hear the words expressed by his colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans, one realizes the amount of respect that Sen. Inouye had. If anyone can get those kind of comments from those who have worked with him, he is truly deserving.


  15. wafan:

    Aloha, Uncle Dan.

    Many mahalos and have a good time reuniting with the boys!


  16. wafan:

    Always amazes me that some feel the need to cause rather than alleviate pain.

    WWD?


  17. M:

    Guud morning BL!
    WE are still all here!
    Happy FGF!!!!!