Time and Place.

Sen Daniel Inouye, former Captain AUS 442d Regimental Combat Team
Holder of the
Medal of Honor
The Bronze Star Medal
The Purple Heart
The Presidential Medal of Freedom
and, at his death
The President pro tempore of the United States Senate

Ordinarily, if we have enough, I have been mostly alternating between Audre and myself during the week. We tend to about equal views (and that pleases me). But I’m going to break pattern today since it was my turn yesterday to have an internet outage. And besides this continues on from yesterday’s about American heroes. Enjoy! Neo.

 

Still thinking about all the information contained in the documentary The War. The personal interviews, though, is what really stays with you. The faces, the voices, the eyes of the men interviewed feel like they become part of you somehow. Perhaps it’s because we see the faces of our fathers or uncles, or brothers who served. They share a look to their eyes; it’s more than an ‘I’ve seen a thing or two’ look, that look also has deep tones of sadness.

The second favorite interview is with Daniel Inouye; yes, that Daniel Inouye. Mentally and physically strong. Focused. Assured. Confident. Quite striking and remarkable. His contribution to the war effort is something that almost sounds made up, but he had witnesses to his heroism. This is just a snippet from Wikipedia about his time in WWll: (after he had blown up the other two bunkers) – As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Lt. Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, coming within 10 yards. As he raised himself on his left elbow and cocked his right arm to throw his last hand grenade, a German soldier saw Inouye and fired a 30mm Schiessbecher antipersonnel rifle grenade from inside the bunker, which struck Inouye directly on his right elbow. The high explosive grenade failed to detonate, saving Lt. Inouye from instant death but amputating most of his right arm at the elbow (except for a few tendons and a flap of skin) via blunt force trauma. Despite this gruesome injury, Lt. Inouye was again saved from likely death due to the blunt, low-velocity grenade tearing the nerves in his arm unevenly and incompletely, which involuntarily squeezed the grenade tightly via a reflex arc instead of going limp and dropping it at Inouye’s feet. However, this still left him crippled, in terrible pain, under fire with minimal cover and staring at a live grenade “clenched in a fist that suddenly didn’t belong to me anymore.”[13]

Inouye’s horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. As the German inside the bunker began hastily reloading his rifle with regular full metal jacket ammunition (replacing the wood-tipped rounds used to propel rifle grenades), Inouye quickly pried the live hand grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left. The German soldier had just finished reloading and was aiming his rifle to finish him off when Lt. Inouye threw his grenade through the narrow firing slit, killing the German. Stumbling to his feet with the remnants of his right arm hanging grotesquely at his side and his Thompson in his off-hand, braced against his hip, Lt. Inouye continued forward, killing at least one more German before suffering his fifth and final wound of the day (in his left leg), which finally halted his one-man assault for good and sent him tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. He awoke to see the worried men of his platoon hovering over him. His only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them back to their positions, saying “Nobody called off the war!”[14]

The remainder of Inouye’s mutilated right arm was later amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia, as he had been given too much morphine at an aid station and it was feared any more would lower his blood pressure enough to kill him.[15]

What can I say? All the truly profound things have been said about war and heroism. If you’ll pardon me, I’ll just say that was one tough som’bitch. He was, after his return and college, the Democrat Senator for Hawaii. For years. He voted for some things I would have been against, and against some things I would have been for, but gosh, he earned his right to say his piece. A stellar member of the Great Generation.

Fast forward to today. Who is the loudest, nastiest, snidest Democrat Senator from the State of Hawaii? Maizy Hirono. I have very little to say about her – but only because she brings out the absolute worst in me. So I’ll just leave this video as a small sample of the difference in time and place between Daniel Inouye and Maizy Hirono. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w8ml5lQvOo.

6 Responses to Time and Place.

  1. the unit says:

    I do appreciate the change of pace from time to time (and writers 🙂 ). Likely OT today though here with comment.
    ‘Time and Place’ is a good title for the last little while, Florida and thereabouts.
    – “Saint Petersburg: Stay-at-home in the works
    Mayor Rick Kriseman told the Tampa Bay Times he wants something stronger than the Pinellas County safer-at-home order, will hold off from issuing a stronger directive in the city for now.”
    – “Surfside: Safer-at-home order, business closures
    Mayor Charles W. Burkett issued an order urging residents to stay home unless they needed to conduct essential activities such as work.”
    Work? Huh?
    Probably I meant this mostly for for Andre 🙂 . All the various leader safety measures taken around our state.
    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/325112-a-round-up-of-which-florida-communities-have-stay-at-home-orders-in-place
    Well, tomorrow is Friday. What’ll be breaking that we’ll learn about then? 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • audremyers says:

      I’m not sure about the information in that link. They are now using parking spaces outside restaurants to create distance and giving a whole new look to downtown St. Pete. Folks are out and about, altho’ nowhere near the usual, as yet.

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah, google said the link only like 13 hours ago, but all I read was a month old stuff or more.
        Traffic picking up in these parts. Have to read the local. Main street in Pensacola (Palafox) to be closed on Sundays so restaurants can set up outside for after church eaters. 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

        • audremyers says:

          Good news.

          Liked by 2 people

        • the unit says:

          That’s a fond memory of my youth, eating out after church on Sunday. So was getting home on most Sundays and Momma frying chicken and me watching the pre-game show for the afternoon pro-football game with Bart Starr, or Y.A. Tittle, or Johnny Unitas, or and etc., and falling asleep on the couch and waking up later and wondering if it was morning or what day it was.
          Oh, and on the Sundays when we ate out at Friendship House playing the slot machines, which Dad gave me a whole dollar’s worth of nickles to try my luck…back when gambling was illegal. And I hit the jackpot of 20 nickles a time or two. Not often. 🙂

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