He lost his arm in WWII and was a Medal of Honor recipient. It is reported that his last words were one word:
He served as a member of Watergate and Iran Contra committees. He was one of the Japanese-Americans placed in an internment camp.
Inouye died of “Complications from Respiratory Problems”. This probably translates into pneumonia.
I never followed Senator Inouye much. That’s because he didn’t have a big blabbering mouth, put some thought into it before he opened that mouth, generally didn’t talk out of both sides of that mouth, never seemed to garner votes by instilling fear into his constituents, didn’t seem to be ego-centric, seemed to actually have a conscience, and your life was never in danger when standing between him and a camera. You might not have been so lucky with some of his current and former Senate colleagues. Think Harry Reid and Alan Simpson.
We probably could use more Japanese-American Senators. Their culture is one of honor and integrity–thiings that seem to be sorely lacking on both sides of that aisle. God only knows what the Chicago thugs will swoop down and replace him with.
At 88, he was President Pro Temp of the Senate. Obituary and photo gallery here.
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