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As 'Nisei' Soldier, Sen. Daniel Inouye Fought to Prove His Loyalty to America


World War II veteran and Senate pro tempore Daniel Inouye died Monday. The 88-year-old Democrat from Hawaii was the second-longest serving U.S. senator in history and was one of three remaining World War II vets currently serving in Congress

Born in Honolulu in 1924, Inouye was 17 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His career in public service began by volunteering to provide medical assistance for the injured.

But when the U.S. officially entered the war, 5,000 Japanese-Americans in the U.S. military were discharged, and those of draft age, like Inouye became in 1942, we...