When Daniel Inouye was elected to the House of Representatives in 1959,
he became the first Congressman from the new state of Hawaii, and the
first American of Japanese descent to serve in Congress. He was elected
to the first of seven U.S. Senate terms in 1962. Inouye was born in
Honolulu in 1924. On December 7, 1941, as a 17-year-old volunteer
medical aid worker, he was one of the first to handle civilian
casualties resulting from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
A highly decorated World War II veteran, Inouye lost his right arm in 1944 while fighting in Italy with the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team.