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(Huffington Post)   One of Senator Dan "Badass" Inouye's old army bodies - who once got 1,650 people to surrender during a battle using only a loudspeaker - is sending his Congressional Gold Medal on a museum tour   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 25
    More: Hero, Congressional Gold Medal, Inoue, Herbert Yanamura, Japanese-Americans, 442nd Infantry Regiment (United States), military intelligences, civil societies, regimental combat team  
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2013-01-11 07:59:00 AM
That's so nice of him to do that from beyond the grave, Submitter.

Maybe Inouye can send his gigantic brass balls on tour too.
 
2013-01-11 08:59:17 AM
How many spare bodies did he have and where can I get one for myself?
 
2013-01-11 09:00:47 AM
One of the reasons these Japanese-American units were so tough was superior officers--the same officers who fought hard to keep the Army segregated--sent these units into extremely tough combat areas that had already seen heavy American losses.
 
2013-01-11 09:05:40 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: One of the reasons these Japanese-American units were so tough was superior officers--the same officers who fought hard to keep the Army segregated--sent these units into extremely tough combat areas that had already seen heavy American losses.


Did....uh, did you just try to put a positive spin on one of the worst cases of racism and needless meat-grinding in the history of the American Military?
 
2013-01-11 09:09:38 AM
Boudica went there.
 
2013-01-11 09:09:38 AM
That's cool. What's weird is that his Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross medals are currently on display at the American Experience pavilion at Disney World's Epcot. I was there a few weeks ago and came across them and thought "what a random place for these things to be displayed." I wonder if they'll go on tour too.
 
2013-01-11 09:10:31 AM
I'm pretty sure they used a loudspeaker to scare the Japanese in an episode of McHale's Navy.
 
2013-01-11 09:10:41 AM
 
2013-01-11 09:11:22 AM
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2013-01-11 09:14:56 AM
Senator Dan "Badass" Inouye

I thought it was supposed to be "Bad Attitude".
 
2013-01-11 09:16:15 AM

BronyMedic: Boudica's War Tampon: One of the reasons these Japanese-American units were so tough was superior officers--the same officers who fought hard to keep the Army segregated--sent these units into extremely tough combat areas that had already seen heavy American losses.

Did....uh, did you just try to put a positive spin on one of the worst cases of racism and needless meat-grinding in the history of the American Military?


I'm not sure how you can construe pointing out that racist officers didn't just visit their racism against blacks and Hispanics in the military as trying to put a positive spin on something.

I merely pointed out that racism got people slaughtered simply because of the color of their skin and the ignorance of a higher officer corps which might just still exist today. You might ask former Generals Taguba and Sanchez about that.
 
2013-01-11 09:16:38 AM
A very good friend of mine was in the 442nd RCT and received one of the gold medals. He wanted my family to be able to see it so he sent it home with me on an airplane. I was never that nervous going through airports, etc. I was happy to send it back to Roy and know that he got it back safely.

The experience the men had was incredible. They are all heroes in my book.
 
2013-01-11 09:28:47 AM
Small potatoes.   Guy Gabaldon got 1500 enemy personnel mostly soldiers captured/surrendered (ten times more than Alvin York).   Despite being recommended by his commander for a medal of honor, the fact that he was of mexican descent, left him with a silver star (later upgraded by the military as high as they could to the Navy Cross).
 
2013-01-11 09:34:41 AM

rnatalie: Small potatoes.   Guy Gabaldon got 1500 enemy personnel mostly soldiers captured/surrendered (ten times more than Alvin York).   Despite being recommended by his commander for a medal of honor, the fact that he was of mexican descent, left him with a silver star (later upgraded by the military as high as they could to the Navy Cross).


The fascinating thing to me is crimes worked the same way. Black soldiers were charged and punished for rape in amazing numbers compared to their white fellow soldiers. Pretty sad.
 
2013-01-11 09:35:09 AM

Arkanaut: Senator Dan "Badass" Inouye

I thought it was supposed to be "Bad Attitude".


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2013-01-11 09:38:57 AM
well shoot, if I had spare bodies I'd also be a fearless warrior. Just change them once they got damaged and keep going. I wonder if it's something like the hot chick from DS9 or more like The Last Airbender.
 
2013-01-11 10:17:09 AM

Krikkitbot: well shoot, if I had spare bodies I'd also be a fearless warrior. Just change them once they got damaged and keep going. I wonder if it's something like the hot chick from DS9 or more like The Last Airbender.


Or something from a John Scalzi novel.
 
2013-01-11 11:12:12 AM
I don't doubt that what these people did is awesome and inspring, but we almost never hear about German or other Axis power badasses. For every Inouye we had, the Germans had to have some comparable people...
 
2013-01-11 12:40:39 PM

Cybernetic: Krikkitbot: well shoot, if I had spare bodies I'd also be a fearless warrior. Just change them once they got damaged and keep going. I wonder if it's something like the hot chick from DS9 or more like The Last Airbender.

Or something from a John Scalzi novel.


We also would have accepted Richard K. Morgan.
 
2013-01-11 01:17:21 PM
Let the old army bodies hit the floor?
 
2013-01-11 01:46:00 PM

Boudica's War Tampon: One of the reasons these Japanese-American units were so tough was superior officers--the same officers who fought hard to keep the Army segregated--sent these units into extremely tough combat areas that had already seen heavy American losses.


I suspect the superior officers sent them there as cannon fodder because of their own racism. Turns out the units were tough as fark.
 
2013-01-11 02:10:43 PM

Famous Thamas: I don't doubt that what these people did is awesome and inspring, but we almost never hear about German or other Axis power badasses. For every Inouye we had, the Germans had to have some comparable people...


Yah, but nobody gives a fark.

Well, I suppose there's always The Beast of Omaha
 
2013-01-11 03:43:19 PM

Famous Thamas: For every Inouye we had, the Germans had to have some comparable people...


Sure, and so did the Japanese, right up to the point where they lost the war.
 
2013-01-11 05:03:31 PM
I am not saying he didn't do a great job, but the coaxing 1500 civilians and 150 soldiers to surrender was more of talking them out of suicide. They most likely were a few days without ammo, food and water before they considered surrendering.
 
2013-01-11 08:15:48 PM
THIS IS GOLIATH SPEAKING. I AM NOT USING A LOUDSPEAKER. I'M JUST REALLY, REALLY BIG! DON'T MAKE ME COME IN THERE!
 
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