Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
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Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Statement on the Death of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who represented the state of Hawaii for more than 53 years, passed away yesterday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Senator Inouye was the most senior member of the U.S. Senate, the second-longest serving in Senate history, and served as the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate President Pro Tempore. He is known for his distinguished record as a legislative leader and as one of the most influential public servants of our time.
Senator Inouye was a highly decorated combat veteran, having earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic actions in Europe during World War II. As a result of injuries sustained in combat, Senator Inouye spent more than a year and a half in a military hospital. His personal experiences while there led to a deep appreciation of the military health system.
Throughout his very distinguished career in the Senate, Daniel Inouye was a powerful advocate for military medicine. He was responsible for the establishment of the Uniformed Services University’s Graduate School of Nursing and the Tri-Service Nursing Research Program. Senator Inouye was a strong champion for military medical research and the advancement of military medical, nursing and scientific education at USU.
This is truly a sad day for the University, for our Armed Forces, and for the nation. While we mourn his loss, we are extremely grateful for Senator Inouye’s unwavering support, leadership, and his innumerable contributions to USU. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and to the citizens of Hawaii whom he represented so well.