Inouye, Daniel K.

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  • Sen. Daniel Inouye (1924–2012), D-Hawai'i, was as of 2012 the second-longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate. A recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor, Inouye served on two rather infamous senatorial committees: Watergate and Iran-Contra.

    Daniel K. Inouye was born on September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawai'i, to first-generation Japanese Americans, making him a Nisei. He grew up in the dilapidated Bingham Tract, which he described in his autobiography as a “teeming Japanese ghetto” (Inouye and Elliott 1967). He received a bilingual and bicultural education. As a seventeen-year-old student at Honolulu's President William McKinley High School, Inouye was among the first Red Cross volunteers on the scene when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. In ...

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