Today we remember Senator Daniel Inouye, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88. He was the most senior member of the U.S. Senator, and served nearly 50 years. He was a World War II veteran from the celebrated 442nd regiment comprised of Japanese American soldiers. Inouye was highly decorated for his service: he was conferred the Bronze Star Medal, a Medal of Honor, a Purple Heart, and a host of other awards for his bravery.
VC has an interview with the Senator about his involvement with the redress and reparations movement and his personal experience as a soldier. You can read an excerpt of that interview on a previous post here.
Thank you, Senator Inouye, for your service and inspiration to many people– especially Asian Americans.
For more information on Senator Daniel Inouye’s life, please read the statement from his office here.