Senator Inouye receives medal of honor flag

Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Daniel Inouye

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

WAHIAWA (KHNL) -- Senator Daniel Inouye displayed extraordinary heroism on April 21, 1945 when he lead soldiers through heavy enemy fire to take control of a key ridge.

It was a battle that cost him his right arm but earned him the highest military decoration-- the Medal of Honor. Wednesday, he received yet another distinguished accolade.

Senator Daniel Inouye received the medal of honor in 2000 from the President of the United States for his bravery during World War II. More than six decades later, he receives the Medal of Honor Flag.

"I was deeply honored and proud to receive the award but I was deeply certain that there were hundreds of others who were much more deserving than any one of us," Senator Daniel Inouye said.

It signifies his heroic sacrifices in the line of duty while in combat in Italy.

"The casualties were extraordinary high, in a battle that lasted four days 800 casualties and over 200 of them were killed in action that's why we had a company of seven men and my company was the largest with 42," Inouye said.

Inouye was honored by the 25th Infantry Division's Tropic Lightening soldiers.

"To be honored by soldiers for me is a supreme honor because it's a special group of men and women. Once you've been a soldier you can't get it out of your system," Inouye said.

This fall 4,500 soldiers based at Schofield Barracks will deploy to Iraq.

"I hope they all come home. Because in my company many of them stayed away, they stayed there and I don't want that to happen," he said.

On days like this he says the memories keep coming back of that fateful day in April 1945. Today he remains a shining example of the greatest generation.