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Local Connection: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

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By: Rick Blangiardi

The measure of a man's life. How much can just one man do? Never before and perhaps never again will we see the likes of an American icon like U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye.

War hero. Member of the 442nd regimental combat team. Recipient of the distinguished service cross, the bronze star and the medal of honor.

Deputy public prosecutor. Member of the territorial house of representatives and then the territorial senate. Elected to congress during statehood.

Dan Inouye was elected to the us senate in 1962, the first Japanese American to achieve that honor. He was re-elected nine times. He delivered a message of racial understanding at the 1968 democratic convention. He was a member of the senate Watergate committee in 1973 and 1974, chosen because of his humble nature by those who knew he would not grandstand for the cameras.

He also was appointed chairman of the senate select committee on secret military assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan opposition which investigated the Iran-contra affair.

He served as chairman of the Indian affairs committee and later, chairman of the powerful appropriations committee.

It should inspire us all that this McKinley high school and University of Hawaii graduate rose to be one of the most influential names of our generation.

He gave more than his right arm in battle for his country. He gave everything he had for our state and this nation.

And for Senator Inouye, we are eternally grateful.

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