Daniel Inouye (1924-2012)

U.S. Senator From Hawaii (D), 1963 – 2012

Daniel Inouye was a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He was also President pro tempore of the United States Senate (third in line of presidential succession) from 2010 to 2012.

Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. He never lost an election in 58 years as an elected official.

Inouye fought in World War II as part of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, the all-Japanese American unit, and lost his right arm to a grenade wound during the War. He has received several military honors including the Medal of Honor (the U.S.’s highest military award) and posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To date, Inouye is the only senator to receive both the Medal of Freedom and the Medal of Honor.


“Daniel Inouye | United States Senator | Britannica,” in Encyclopædia Britannica, 2019, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Daniel-Inouye.

“U.S. Senate: Daniel K. Inouye: A Featured Biography,” Senate.gov, December 3, 2019, https://www.senate.gov/senators/FeaturedBios/Featured_Bio_Inouye.htm.

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