Daniel Inouye: Courage on the Battlefield and in Congress

Photo credit: Sen. Daniel Inouye bio page

Photo credit: Sen. Daniel Inouye bio page

I have been remiss not marking the passing of another WWII Veteran, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye.

He fought both on the WWII battlefield being awarded the Medal of Honor and in the halls of Congress earning voters’ continued approval since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962.

Of all the comments memorializing the long-serving senator, one of the most heartfelt came from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki:

“Senator Daniel K. Inouye stood among the ‘greatest’ of our ‘Greatest Generation.’  Recipient of the Medal of Honor, our Nation’s highest award for valor; distinguished service as a long-serving member of the U.S. Senate; and role model to generations of Americans of Asian-Pacific Islander heritage, especially those growing up in his beloved Hawai’i, Senator Inouye made public service a noble and honorable calling.

Dan Inouye’s courage on the battlefield and in Congress, his passion for making a difference in the lives of average Americans, and his intense modesty spoke volumes about a remarkable American, who embodied the bedrock values and quiet virtues of our Nation.

On behalf of America’s 22 million Veterans, I salute the memory of a brave man, a great patriot, a devoted public servant, an unwavering benefactor to Servicemembers and Veterans of every generation, and my friend and mentor.  I extend my deepest personal condolences to the entire Inouye family.”

Charles Durning: How the Military Shaped His Life

English: American actor Charles Durning on May...

English: American actor Charles Durning on May 25, 2008 at the 2008 National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will always remember Charles Durning for his role as Ernie Yost in an NCIS episode where he portrayed a WWII veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. The role earned Durning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series 2005.

Druning died Monday at age 89. In “real life” he was a WWII veteran who served with distinction according to the LA Times.

… Durning was in the first wave of soldiers to land on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Normandy invasion in 1944. He was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge and reportedly was one of the few survivors of the massacre of American POWs at Malmedy, Belgium.

For his service, he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.

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12 Days of Christmas Lyrics by Military-Missions

Photo credit: Jackie Dorr

Photo credit: Jackie Dorr

The volunteer group, Military Missions Inc., has a Facebook challenge. It’s seeking suggestions to revise the lyrics of the 12 Days of Christmas.

The Facebook page is up to Day 10, but changes to the previous suggestions are welcomed too.

The reworded lyrics so far: On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Continue reading

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