Daniel Ken Inouye-Honolulu, HI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 21° 18.774 W 157° 50.814
4Q E 619594 N 2357215
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy on April 21, 1945. He is buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI in Section D, Site 391-A.
Location: Hawaii, United States
Date Posted: 8/20/2019 2:51:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM115TX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 4

Long Description:
He was born on September 7, 1924 in Honolulu, HI and died on December 17, 2012 in Bethesda, MD. He attained the rank of Captain. He was Hawaii’s first U.S. Senator and served until his death in 2012. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: DANIEL KEN INOUYE

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E
Division: 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Born: September 7, 1924, Honolulu, Hawaii
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 06/21/2000
Accredited To: Honolulu, HI
Place / Date: San Terenzo, Italy, April 21, 1945
Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the enemy could retaliate, he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest. Although wounded by a sniper's bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm. Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental in the capture of the ridge. Second Lieutenant Inouye's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Photo by Bruce Almeida and posted on findagrave.com.

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on FindaGrave.com and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Army

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