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Wiebelhaus 07-20-2012 02:35 AM

Daniel Inouye
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Inouye

Check out this dudes sacrifice for his country.

A Nisei soldier

Quote:

Inouye was at the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 as a medical volunteer.

In 1943, when the U.S. Army dropped its ban on Japanese-Americans, Inouye curtailed his premedical studies at the University of Hawaii and enlisted in the Army.[6] He was assigned to the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which became the most-highly decorated unit in the history of the US Army.

Inouye was promoted to the rank of sergeant within his first year, and he was given the role of platoon leader. He served in Italy in 1944 during the Rome-Arno Campaign before his regiment was transferred to the Vosges Mountains region of France, where he spent two weeks in the battle to relieve the Lost Battalion, a battalion of the 141st Infantry Regiment that was surrounded by German forces. He was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant for his actions there. At one point while he was leading an attack, a shot struck him in the chest directly above his heart, but the bullet was stopped by the two silver dollars he happened to have stacked in his shirt pocket. He continued to carry the coins throughout the war in his shirt pocket as good luck charms until he lost them shortly before the battle in which he lost his arm.


Inouye as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army:

On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy called Colle Musatello. The ridge served as a strongpoint along the strip of German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, which represented the last and most dogged line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions just 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach; ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and fire from his M1 Thompson submachine gun. After being informed of the severity of his wound by his platoon sergeant, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he also successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss.

As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, eventually drawing within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade into the fighting position, a German inside fired a rifle grenade that struck him on the right elbow, severing most of his arm and leaving his own primed grenade reflexively "clenched in a fist that suddenly didn't belong to me anymore".

Inouye's horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. As the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye managed to pry the live grenade from his useless right hand and transfer it to his left. As the German aimed his rifle to finish him off, Inouye managed at last to toss the grenade off-hand into the bunker and destroy it. He stumbled to his feet and continued forward, silencing the last German resistance with a one-handed burst from his Thompson before being wounded in the leg and tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. When he awoke to see the concerned men of his platoon hovering over him, his only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them to return to their positions, since, as he pointed out, "nobody called off the war!"

The remainder of Inouye's mutilated right arm was later amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia, as he had been given too much morphine at an aid station and it was feared any more would lower his blood pressure enough to kill him.

Although Inouye had lost his right arm, he remained in the military until 1947 and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. At the time of his leaving of the Army, he was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Inouye was initially awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in this action, with the award later being upgraded to the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton (alongside 19 other Nisei servicemen who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were believed to have been denied proper recognition of their bravery due to their race). His story, along with interviews with him about the war as a whole, were featured prominently in the 2007 Ken Burns documentary The War.

While recovering from war wounds and the amputation of his right forearm from the grenade wound (mentioned above) at Percy Jones Army Hospital, Inouye met future Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, then a fellow patient. Dole mentioned to Inouye that after the war he planned to go to Congress; Inouye beat him there by a few years. The two have remained lifelong friends. In 2003, the hospital was renamed the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in honor of the two WWII veterans.
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primer1 07-20-2012 06:33 AM

Good read, very interesting. That's one more reason why I don't say I'm voting all the incumbents out and replacing them with newbies.

Wiebelhaus 07-20-2012 06:43 AM

Yea He's just a straight up bad ass, thing is he's 88.

JonM 07-20-2012 12:47 PM

Being a bonified bad@ss in wartime does not mean his leadership in congress has been good. He is one of the main problems we as a nation face. He fought and sacrificed for this nation in ww2 then spent most of his adult life enacting laws and regulation to limit our freedom and destroy this nation.

So yes he needs to be voted out of office. Heroic war service doesnt mean or equate with being a good leader of a nation.

His democrat party were the ones that decided he was not trustworthy enough to fight the japanese so instead imprisoned his relatives and sent him to fight germans instead...

Overkill0084 07-20-2012 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by JonM (Post 875814)
Being a bonified bad@ss in wartime does not mean his leadership in congress has been good. He is one of the main problems we as a nation face. He fought and sacrificed for this nation in ww2 then spent most of his adult life enacting laws and regulation to limit our freedom and destroy this nation.

So yes he needs to be voted out of office. Heroic war service doesnt mean or equate with being a good leader of a nation.

His democrat party were the ones that decided he was not trustworthy enough to fight the japanese so instead imprisoned his relatives and sent him to fight germans instead...

+1
John Kerry served in Vietnam. How'd that turn out? ;)

fmj 07-20-2012 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonM (Post 875814)
Being a bonified bad@ss in wartime does not mean his leadership in congress has been good. He is one of the main problems we as a nation face. He fought and sacrificed for this nation in ww2 then spent most of his adult life enacting laws and regulation to limit our freedom and destroy this nation.

So yes he needs to be voted out of office. Heroic war service doesnt mean or equate with being a good leader of a nation.

His democrat party were the ones that decided he was not trustworthy enough to fight the japanese so instead imprisoned his relatives and sent him to fight germans instead...

Indeed...just look at McCain and his record for more proof!

HockaLouis 07-22-2012 05:24 PM

The main guest speaker in this region for Veterans Day is a retired US Army Captain Medal of Honor Winner who became a multi-millionaire working for Ross Perot and getting into big real estate. He is one of Obama's biggest donation bundlers, is limousined everywhere he goes, and his only regret for helping put Obama in office is that he doesn't get as much federal money as he wants for veteran's activities.

He turned out to be a traitor IMO.

How 'bout ol' Colin Powell? Turns out he's been a real POS!

Wiebelhaus 07-22-2012 07:03 PM

There is a contingent of incredibly negative people on these boards, I hope you folks can some day come to terms with what angers and fills your hearts with such hate.

Wiebelhaus 07-22-2012 07:04 PM

If I could afford it, I'd cart every veteran around in a limo.

CourtJester 07-22-2012 07:12 PM

That's pretty cool.


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