Pacific Army Reserve dedicates campus to Inouye

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Zuehlsdorf of the 100th Inf. Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, escorts Irene Inouye to the 9th MSC’s groundbreaking ceremony to dedicate the Pacific Army Reserve campus as the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Tuesday. Following (from right) are the other members of the official party, including Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh.

Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs
Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Zuehlsdorf of the 100th Inf. Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, escorts Irene Inouye to the 9th MSC’s groundbreaking ceremony to dedicate the Pacific Army Reserve campus as the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Tuesday. Following (from right) are the other members of the official party, including Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh.

Capt. Liana Kim
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — In honor of a patriotic and selfless citizen Soldier, the first U.S. senator of Japanese descent and the highest-ranking Asian-American statesman in American history, Soldiers, veterans, families and friends of the 9th Mission Support Command, Pacific Army Reserve, gathered to celebrate history and tour the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex during a dedication and ground breaking ceremony, here, Tuesday.

As the 25th Infantry Division Band’s harmonious renditions of service medleys soared with Oahu’s strong spring breeze, Irene Inouye, widow of Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii’s longest serving senator, helped unveil the sign of the Army Reserve’s newest complex before more than 200 guests, including some of the Army’s oldest and most celebrated heroes.

The ceremony took place on the 70th anniversary of young 2nd Lt. Inouye’s valorous actions that led to his receiving the Distinguished Service Cross, later elevated to the Medal of Honor. A second generation Japanese-American from Honolulu, Inouye volunteered to be a part of the Nisei (Japanese for Second Generation), 442nd Regt. Combat Team, and fought in World War II.

“This day is a special day and was always a day that my husband acknowledged because it was the day that changed his life,” said Irene Inouye, presenting a lei to the complex’s new sign.

“He thought it was amazing that someone declared as an enemy alien would be able to serve in Senate, and that this could only happen in a place like the United States of America,” she continued.

“He was proud to be an American and proud to serve his country, and if he was here today, he would thank the men and women currently serving in the Reserve for their service to our country,” she concluded.

“For all that Sen. Inouye did for the U.S. Army Reserve, and specifically for the 442nd, it is only fitting that this complex is dedicated to him,” said Brig. Gen. John E. Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, who officiated the event.

Other guests of honor included Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Walt Kaneakua, (Inouye’s military liaison of many years and now Honolulu’s district director for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard), and Hawaii Governor David Ige, whose father served in the “Go for Broke” 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd RCT during World War II.

Immediately following the sign’s unveiling, Irene Inouye, McHugh, Ige, Cardwell and Kaneakua dug the first three shovels of soil, marking the start of construction of a Memorial Park, Wall of Heroes and Japanese Garden to be completed, incrementally, by 2018.

Liana Kim, 9th Mission Command Public Affairs Irene Inouye, widow of Hawaii’s late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, visits with “Go for Broke” veteran Ronald Oba, who served in Co. F, 442nd Inf. Soldiers currently serving in the battalion actively support the “Go for Broke” veterans.

Liana Kim, 9th Mission Command Public Affairs
Irene Inouye, widow of Hawaii’s late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, visits with “Go for Broke” veteran Ronald Oba, who served in Co. F, 442nd Inf. Soldiers currently serving in the battalion actively support the “Go for Broke” veterans.

The 100th Inf. Bn. is the only infantry battalion in the Army Reserve. During World War II, it was assigned to the 442nd Inf. Regt., which saw heavy combat and carries a very distinguished legacy. The 100th Bn. also recently deployed to Iraq and Kuwait, continuing its legacy of excellence during wartime and peacetime service. The battalion consists of citizen-Soldiers of the Army Reserve from Hawaii, American Samoa, Saipan and Guam.

“He soldiered with his team in combat and in peace. These Soldiers (of the 442nd) represented the best despite the harsh treatment of their nation,” said Kaneakua.

The legacy of Inouye, of the 100th Inf. Bn., and of all Army Reserve Soldiers throughout the Pacific will be memorialized in this Army Reserve complex that will continue to serve as the headquarters for the 9th MSC, the most ethnically diverse and geographically dispersed command within the Army Reserve.

“This event is not only about Sen. Inouye and his service and the legacy of the 100th ‘Go for Broke’ battalion, it is also about you, citizen-Soldiers of the U.S. Army Reserve, our ‘Pride of the Pacific,’” said Jon Lee, civilian deputy, management and support, 9th MSC.

Lee, who also serves as a brigadier general in the Army Reserve and previously commanded the 100th Inf. Bn., spending 18 years of his career within the storied unit, concluded, “It is also creating a legacy for our surviving veterans of the 442nd Inf. Regt., and all our brothers and sisters in arms whom we have lost, from the past to the present.”

Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson offers a prayer during the ceremony,  held on the 70th anniversary of Inouye’s heroic actions in World War II, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs
Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson offers a prayer during the ceremony, held on the 70th anniversary of Inouye’s heroic actions in World War II, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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