Senator Inouye's lasting legacy as a powerful congressman and war hero will never be forgotten.
But grieving friends who knew him before his days on Capitol Hill say "Dan" was just one of the guys.
"The news flashed on the TV that Dan died...I said...oh no!"
Fujio Matsuda was overcome with sadness when he learned his long time friend and high school classmate had died.
Matsuda's ties with Sen. Inouye trace back to Washington School and Mckinley High's 1942 graduating class.
He said that he and Dan shared a strong sentiment for school pride through the years. It was during those days, Matsuda said, that Dan sported some serious skills.
"He was kind of known for his love of dance, and he was good at the jitterbug. Very smooth," Matsuda added.
In the 1960's Matsuda became state director of transportation. He recalled what it was like working alongside his Senator friend.
"Very friendly of course. You know that his heart is in the right place. He didn't say yes to whatever you ask."
World War II Veterna Ron Oba says the 442nd batallion maintains high respect for Inouye's heroism. Hawaii's soldiers at the time smashed army records during basic training.
"They came from plantations and they were sinewy and tough and nobody was fat," Oba commented.
Senator inouye's commitment to fighting for the rights of Hawaii's citizens never left him. Matsuda says
"Some people use pubic service as a stepping stone to making money. Not Dan, that's rare."
Old buddies and veterans remember 'Dan' before the CapitolPublished 2:58 AM HST Dec 18, 2012
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