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2001 Sylvanus Thayer Award


A soldier of extraordinary valor and a public servant of great distinction, Senator Daniel K. Inouye has made a lifetime of outstanding contributions for the good of our nation. His deeds and words have richly exemplified the ideals of West Point, as expressed in its motto, DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.
As a young soldier serving with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe during World War II, Sergeant Daniel Inouye earned a battlefield commission as a result
of his demonstrated leadership and courage. He also earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and through acts of extraordinary heroism, the Distinguished Service Cross, which was subsequently upgraded to the Medal of Honor. As a public servant, Senator Inouye has provided his Hawaiian constituents and the entire American people over fifty years of strength and wisdom in legislative bodies ranging from the Hawaiian Territorial House of Representatives to the United States Senate. His contributions to the work of the Senate Watergate Committee brought him nationwide admiration for his integrity and public courage; his co-chairmanship of the Joint Congressional Committee that conducted the Iran-Contra hearings reaffirmed that admiration fifteen years later.
The life work of Senator Daniel Inouye leaves an indelible mark upon the history of the United States. One of the greatest Americans to hail from the state of Hawaii, he has established a record of achievements that clearly reflects the values expressed in the motto of West Point. Accordingly, the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy hereby presents the 2001 West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award to Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
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