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Army secretary, general pay respects to Inouye

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:36 a.m. HST, Jul 24, 2013

Army Secretary John McHugh and U.S. Army Pacific commander Gen. Vincent Brooks honored the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye by laying a wreath at Punchbowl cemetery.

McHugh and Brooks paid their respects at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Tuesday.

Brooks is the first four-star commander to lead U.S. Army Pacific since the 1970s.

Inouye had long pushed to have a four-star general in that position.

McHugh said in a statement Brooks' appointment "speaks very clearly" to the Army's intent to be part of the future of the Asia-Pacific region.

Inouye is buried at the cemetery near other veterans of his World War II unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for displaying extraordinary heroism in Italy during the war.

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cojef wrote:
Ho-hum, another tribute to the illustrious local boy who rose from humble beginings to becoming in the Senior Senator of the Great State of Hawaii. Recieving accolades like a rock star.
on July 24,2013 | 10:20AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
So where did you earn your Congressional Medal of Honor?
on July 24,2013 | 10:49AM
cojef wrote:
Served in WWII with the Military Intelligence Service as a draftee and then re-enlisted, 2 hitches in the Army. Did you serve any time in the military?
on July 24,2013 | 04:27PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
How did Uncle Dan end up there instead of Kaneohe? I thought Punchbowl was close to new burials? I guess one has to have connections.....
on July 24,2013 | 10:46AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
HIs first wife, Margaret, is buried there and the spot was set aside for him at that time.
on July 24,2013 | 10:50AM
kailua1980 wrote:
cojef and EwaWarrior...you two are sad. If you've ever driven on a state highway/freeway, if you've ever had a job related in any way to the military, if you've ever received a benefit from the federal government...you benefitted from the presence of Senator Inouye being in Washington. I also believe Punchbowl is "sold out" for new burials but spaces were reserved "previously" for certain servicemembers and family members. In any case, I cannot think of anyone who would object to Daniel K Inouye being buried along with other heroes of our country.
on July 24,2013 | 02:20PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Kailua1980 - Not objecting to anything, just didn't realize spots were reserved in advance. I too am a veteran and appreciate Dan Inouye's service during WWII. However, in his last few years in office, he seemed to be out of touch with the people he represented, meaning he'd been in Washington too long.
on July 24,2013 | 04:18PM
cojef wrote:
Beg your pardon, served two hitches in the Army, once during WWII in the MIS and then again after the war during the latter part of the Occupationof Japan. Further replaced myself for 2 years as a Department of Army Civilian. This military service was accomplished before June 1951. Have over 20 years service as a Civil Service Employee in the US Custom Service. Yes, I did use the GI bill to pursue my college degree.
on July 24,2013 | 04:39PM
Villyboy wrote:
In other words you were a REMF.
on July 25,2013 | 03:09PM
Villyboy wrote:
You got that right and don't forget that.
on July 24,2013 | 05:37PM
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