December 18, 2012 - Today the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research mourns the loss of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who passed away yesterday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Through his unflagging and powerful advocacy of military medical research, the headquarters and most laboratories of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)
are now housed in a modern medical research facility in Silver Spring, Maryland named for Senator Inouye, and for this we are truly grateful. Important advances have and will be made because
of his support of federal research funding for combat casualty care and military operational medicine to lessen severe outcomes from traumatic brain injury and combat stress, and for prevention,
diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases routinely and so adversely affecting the health of deployed military personnel and the people of developing nations.
Senator Inouye represented Hawaii from the time before it became a state 53 years ago and was the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. His leadership and acts of valor
in World War II earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, later upgraded to the Medal of Honor by President Clinton in 2000 along with those of other Japanese Americans who served valiantly,
the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and other medals and citations.
In 1943, Daniel Inouye volunteered for service in the famed Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and, in 1945, through his gallant acts and enormous heroism in
support of his platoon, was severely injured by machine gun fire and a German grenade which shattered his right arm. He spent many months convalescing from his injuries in military hospitals, thus acquiring his lifelong sponsorship of advancement in military medicine.
He was and will be known for his bipartisanship and distinguished service as a legislative leader.
The Institute has always been truly grateful for his service and, on this sad day, we wish to express our deepest sympathies to all those who feel his loss along with us. Our hearts go out to the members of his family and to the citizens of Hawaii and the nation he served so well.