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Very inspirational read!
03/25/2021

Very inspirational read!

When he walked into a San Francisco barbershop after the war, he was told by the owner, “We don’t serve Japs here.”

The owner of the barbershop obviously didn't know who the one-armed Japanese-American was - his name was Daniel Inouye. And, according to one website that honors heroes, he was one tough "badass".

This is the man who led a one-man assault against a German machine-gun nest, got shot in the stomach, had his arm torn off by a 30mm Schiessbecher antipersonnel rifle grenade, and still kept going. When his fellow soldiers tried to help him, he gruffly commanded them to get back to their positions, saying, "Nobody called off the war!"

He was born on September 7, 1924. A Nisei Japanese American, Inouye was the son of a Japanese immigrant father and a mother whose parents had migrated from Japan.

Inouye would become a war hero, who lost his arm fighting for his country, the United States. He would become a U.S. Senator from 1963 to his death, Dec. 17, 2012, when he was the second longest serving U.S. Senator in history and the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history. At the time of his death, at the age of 88, Inouye was third in line to the presidency.

Inouye, who was studying to be a doctor in Hawaii, was a medical volunteer at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in 1941. He immediately tried to enlist in the U.S. Army at age 17, but he was classified 4-C, meaning "Enemy Alien", undraftable, unable to serve.

He volunteered in whatever capacity he could to help the war effort until the United States Army lifted its ban on Japanese-Americans, allowing Inouye to join the new 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the first all-Nisei volunteer unit.

It would become one of the most decorated units in American military history.

"The 442nd, including the 100th Battalion, was honored with seven Distinguished Unit Citations, more than 4,000 Purple Hearts, and a large number of individual decorations for bravery, including 21 Medals of Honor, 29 Distinguished Service Crosses, 588 Silver Stars, and more than 4,000 Bronze Stars," according to the National Veteran Network.

Inouye's heroism is legendary (see the Wikipedia account of his heroics), but because of his race he only received a Distinguished Service Cross. He finally received the Medal of Honor (albeit belatedly) in 2000.

After the war, while in his uniform "with three rows of ribbons and a captains bars on my shoulder," he still had to face racism in his home country. When he went to get a haircut, one barber asked him, "Are you a Jap?" Inouye responded, "I'm an American." The barber responded, "We don't cut Jap hair."

Inouye would later say, "I thought to myself, here I am in uniform. It should be obvious to him that I'm an American soldier, a captain at that. And that fellow very likely never went to war. And he's telling me we don't cut Jap hair. I was so tempted to strike him. But then I thought if I had done that, all the work that we had done would be for nil. So I just looked at him and I said, 'Well, I'm sorry you feel that way.' And I walked out."

One of the senators he served with recalled a story about Inouye's son asking him why he had volunteered to fight in War World II, even though the U.S. had declared Japanese Americans "enemy aliens" and had placed them in internment camps. Inouye's response was that he "did it for the children."

That integrity would follow him through his career. Because of the loss of his arm, he was unable to become the doctor he dreamed of, but he found another way to help others, representing his home state of Hawaii in the House and the Senate.

He was so admired as a senator that he would be selected as a member of the Senate Watergate committee, which investigated illegal activities in President Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign. He won wide admiration for patient but persistent questioning of the former attorney general John N. Mitchell and the White House aides H. R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and John Dean to the point when one of the attorneys defending Nixon's advisers would call him a “little Jap.”

In a poll, Americans rated Inouye first among the members of the Senate Watergate committee. Inouye was also involved in the Iran-Contra investigations of the 1980s.

According to writer John Nichols, Inouye "never stopped confronting power on behalf of the rights of people of color, people with disabilities, women, lesbians and gays and political dissenters to equal justice and equal opportunity."

The American Civil Liberties Union hailed Inouye as “a champion of civil rights and civil liberties”.

"The last sitting senator who joined the epic struggles to pass the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, he led the fight for the Americans with Disabilities Act and was a key sponsor of the constitutional amendment to extend voting rights to 18-to-20-year-olds," wrote Nichols.

Inouye also battled for reparations for Japanese-Americans who were interned in government compounds during World War II.

When he was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and discussions of Vietnam were brought up, he made it clear that he objected to the terminology, "“Oriental human beings.”

According to Nichols, "Inouye was one of the handful of senators who rejected the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act in the 1990s and he emerged as one of the earliest and most determined backers of marriage equality in the Senate, asking: 'How can we call ourselves the land of the free, if we do not permit people who love one another to get married?'

"When the debate over whether gays and lesbians serving in the military arose, Inouye declared as a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient: “In every war we have had men and women of different sexual orientation who have stood in harm’s way and given their lives for their country. I fought alongside gay men during World War II, many of them were killed in combat. Are we to suggest that because of their sexual orientation they are not heroes?”

Inouye continued to represent all Americans, fighting for their rights. When he saw that the loyalties of Arab Americans were being questioned, he would say:

"I hope that the mistakes made and suffering imposed upon Japanese-Americans nearly 60 years ago will not be repeated against Arab-Americans whose loyalties are now being called into question. History is an excellent teacher, provided we heed its lessons, otherwise, we are likely to repeat them."

A fellow Hawaiian senator would say of Inouye:

“He served as a defender of the people of this country, championing historic changes for civil rights, including the equal rights of women, Asian-Americans, African-Americans and Native Hawaiians."

Among his many awards and honors, Inouye received the Medal of Honor in 2000. He was inducted as an honorary member of the Navajo Nation and titled "The Leader Who Has Returned With a Plan." In 2013, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2017, Honolulu International Airport was officially renamed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in his honor. And, in June of this year, 2019, a naval destroyer was named the USS Daniel Inouye.

According to The Nation, "No senator fought longer and harder for the rights of people of color, people with disabilities, women and the LGBT community."

And, he was one tough badass.

US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
03/20/2021

US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)

Talk about "world-wide" opportunities! Soldiers can lead the pack as an officer and U.S. Army conductor (42C) or guide and mentor others in the musical talents as an NCO in one of the Army’s bands.

#FreshStart #ArmyMusic #ArmyofOpportunity

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Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major, demonstrates the Expert Soldier Badge tasks fo...
03/17/2021
Know Your Tasks: M249 Machine Gun

Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major, demonstrates the Expert Soldier Badge tasks for the M249 machine gun.
#KnowYourTasks #KnowYourMil #KnowYourArmy #ArmyReserve #M249

Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major, demonstrates the Expert Soldier Badge tasks for the M249 machine gun.

Congratulations to CW3 Valerie Simays on her promotion!
03/15/2021

Congratulations to CW3 Valerie Simays on her promotion!

03/03/2021
U.S. Army Reserve

Definitely worth your time to listen.

"The most important resource we have is each other. You are not alone."

Mr. McCarthy shares a story along with some resources for Army Reserve Families in the video below.

Chief of Army Reserve | #peoplefirst

02/15/2021
02/07/2021

Congratulations to SGT Smith on his retirement today! First a Sailor, then a Soldier, and always a musician. We thank you for your service and wish you well in your future endeavors!

Watch this video I made on animoto.com

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protes...
01/18/2021

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence.”
-Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream

A message on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
01/13/2021

A message on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

12/15/2020
128th Air Refueling Wing
12/07/2020

128th Air Refueling Wing

On this day in 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy led a surprise attack on the U.S. Naval Station Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Four U.S. Navy battleships were sunk, and nearly 20 ships plus hundreds of aircraft were crippled. 2,403 Americans - both military personnel and civilians - were killed. The tragedy marked a pivotal point in American history, as it spurred the U.S. to enter World War II. In memory of the lives lost, Congress declared December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

This year marks the 79th anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Though almost eight decades have passed, the lives of the fallen, as well as those who served in WWII, will never be forgotten. We remember and honor them for their courage and the sacrifices they made to protect this country.

Happy birthday Marines!!!
11/10/2020

Happy birthday Marines!!!

Just do it!
11/03/2020

Just do it!

It's Election Day!

If you haven't already, get out there and exercise your right to #vote!

The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act a newly signed law, will extend the VA’s mental health counseling and services ...
10/28/2020
New mental health benefits available for Army Reserve and National Guard members

The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act a newly signed law, will extend the VA’s mental health counseling and services to National Guard and Army Reserve members.

The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act signed recently by President Trump, will extend the VA’s mental health counseling and services to National Guard and Army Reserve members.

10/02/2020
U.S. Army Reserve

Good advice for everyone!

Think. Type. Post.

It is important that all Soldiers know that when they are logged on to a social media platform, they still represent the U.S. Army.

09/27/2020

Sight reading some new music.

Finally getting some much-needed rehearsal for our country.
09/27/2020

Finally getting some much-needed rehearsal for our country.

484th Army Band's cover photo
09/15/2020

484th Army Band's cover photo

The city of Hometown, Illinois, a small suburb located about 16 miles southwest of Chicago, held a 9/11 Memorial Ceremon...
09/14/2020

The city of Hometown, Illinois, a small suburb located about 16 miles southwest of Chicago, held a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, September 13, in their Francis Toby Anderson Park just west of the City Hall. The ceremony was brought to the community by the Hometown Fire and Police departments, Hometown VFW Post and Auxiliary 9773, American Legion Post 495, and the Oak Lawn Johnson – Phelps VFW Post 5220. Music accompanied the ceremony by the Our Lady of Loretto Choir, a local woodwind quintet called TheFive Chamber Ensemble, and a bugler, U.S. Army Spc. Jessica Theriault, from the 484th Army Band – Arlington Heights, Illinois. Sgt. Shari Heda, also from the 484th Army Band, performed with TheFive in a civilian capacity with her clarinet. A member from each service organization represented placed a wreath at the park gazebo and saluted as their respected service prayer was read. MAJ Frank Morsovillo, a former resident and police officer of Hometown, and U.S. Army Reserve officer from the 318th Theater Public Affairs Support Element, was the representative for the Hometown VFW wreath laying. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carrie Castillo, 350th Public Affairs Detachment)

The city of Hometown, Illinois, a small suburb located about 16 miles southwest of Chicago, held a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, September 13, in their Francis Toby Anderson Park just west of the City Hall. The ceremony was brought to the community by the Hometown Fire and Police departments, Hometown VFW Post and Auxiliary 9773, American Legion Post 495, and the Oak Lawn Johnson – Phelps VFW Post 5220. Music accompanied the ceremony by the Our Lady of Loretto Choir, a local woodwind quintet called TheFive Chamber Ensemble, and a bugler, U.S. Army Spc. Jessica Theriault, from the 484th Army Band – Arlington Heights, Illinois. Sgt. Shari Heda, also from the 484th Army Band, performed with TheFive in a civilian capacity with her clarinet. A member from each service organization represented placed a wreath at the park gazebo and saluted as their respected service prayer was read. MAJ Frank Morsovillo, a former resident and police officer of Hometown, and U.S. Army Reserve officer from the 318th Theater Public Affairs Support Element, was the representative for the Hometown VFW wreath laying. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carrie Castillo, 350th Public Affairs Detachment)

09/11/2020
GoArmy

GoArmy

Whether you lived through the day or live it through the stories of others. No matter who you are or when you were born. Each American will always remember. Every American must never forget.

07/16/2020
318th Theater Public Affairs Support Element

While America’s military men and women are the most resilient fighting force on Earth, we are not immune to physical, mental, and spiritual challenges.

Through leadership, education, and respect for one another, we can reduce or eliminate the stigma associated with seeking help for suicidal thoughts or feelings.

To get help or for more info, visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

While America’s military men and women are the most resilient fighting force on Earth, we are not immune to physical, mental, and spiritual challenges.

Through leadership, education, and respect for one another, we can reduce or eliminate the stigma associated with seeking help for suicidal thoughts or feelings.

To get help or for more info, visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

07/06/2020
88th Readiness Division

88th Readiness Division

Please see Maj. Gen. Jody J. Daniels' farewell message to Soldiers, Civilians and Families of the 88th Readiness Division.
Go Blue Devils!

#USArmyReserve #88thReadinessDivision #USArmy #FortMcCoy

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The Jazz Ambassadors are about to head out on spring tour. We'll be in and around Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Chicago. We'd love to see you at one of our performances.
Congratulations, and thank you for defending our great country!
Showing the love for the 484th Band at Marcus Center in my blog!
Enjoyed the 484th Army Band at Soda City this morning!
Any photos upcoming from the past week's parades?
Thank you for the joy you brought to our Family and others along the West Allis Parade Route December 2, 2017, while playing Christmas Music in and along side your Christmacy Horse Drawn Wagon...well done...Merry Christmas 484th Army Band♡
Huge shout out to the 484th Army Band as they helped Fort McCoy celebrate the United States Army's birthday! Great music, much gratitude.
You guys are great! Thanks for playing lots of great music! God bless! Liamani hopes that you enjoyed the National Anthem!! :) Please visit "Liamani Sings" on Facebook and "LIKE" her page. Lots of fun coming up! :) Welcome to the TEAM!! :) #TeamLiamani #484thArmyBand #USA #HonorCelebration17' #ThankAVeteran