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FILE - In this Friday, May 8, 1987 file photo, Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, left, and Rep. Lee Hamilton, of Indiana, who are the chairmen of the Senate and House select committees on the Iran-Contra affair, confer as the group continued hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington. Inouye, the influential Democrat who broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals, died of respiratory complications, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, according to his office. He was 88. (AP Photo/Lana Harris, File)

Senator Daniel Inouye dies at 88

December 21, 2012

Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii died Dec. 16 at age 88 after

battling a respiratory illness. Inouye won the Medal of Honor in World War II—a

conflict that cost him his right arm—and later became the first

Japanese-American House member and then senator.