Long-time Hawaii Senator and World War II hero Daniel Inouye passed away Monday.
Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery on the battle field.
During a battle in Italy in 1945, he was lobbing a grenade with his right arm when an enemy blast nearly severed his arm. Inouye used his left arm to pull the live grenade from his damaged arm, saving his life and the life of soldiers around him.
He represented Hawaii for 5 decades, first as a Congressman then as a Senator.
Senator Daniel Inouye was 88 years old.
Senator Harkin released the following statement on his passing, “Dan Inouye was a close, personal friend with whom I shared many happy memories. He was also a genuine hero, someone who served his country for more than seven decades – from the U.S. Army to the halls of Congress. He had a lifetime of extraordinary public service, as a Medal of Honor winner and as the second longest-serving U.S. Senator. It was an honor and a privilege to serve under him on the Appropriations Committee. Today, Ruth and I send our deepest condolences to Irene.”
Senator Chuck Grassley spent more than 30 years in the Senate with Inouye. He released this statement Monday, “Senator Inouye was a quiet force in the U.S. Senate. He had a strong work ethic and was very productive on behalf of the entire United States and, of course, his beloved state of Hawaii. Because he was restrained in his demeanor, when he spoke, he commanded attention. He was well-respected in the Senate for his lifelong statesmanship and for his early displays of courage and sacrifice for our country. My thoughts are with his family.”