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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA) Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Naming Ceremony 23 May 2013
    Keel Laid 14 May 2018 - Christened & Launched 22 June 2019

    Commissioned 8 December 2021

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

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  1. USS Daniel Inouye DDG-118 Covers Page 1     (2018-2021)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

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Killer Bar Text

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USPS Type 12c

Bath ME



Keel Laying, cachet by Richard D. Jones


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii - (September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012)
      Inouye was a was a Nisei Japanese American, the son of a Japanese immigrant father and a mother whose parents had migrated from Japan.
      Inouye served four years in the United States Army (1943–1947) with duty in Italy and France. He was part of the segregated all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Although starting in the enlisted ranks, Inouye received a battlefield promotion to second lieutenant in 1945. Inouye was honorably discharged in 1947 with the rank of Captain.
      Inouye received his second Purple Heart Medal on April 21, 1945 when he was shot in the stomach and his right arm was nearly severed off. He was also shot in the leg before he was able to complete his mission. Doctors would later amputate his right arm. For his bravery in battle, Inouye was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
      Inouye, alongside 19 other Nisei servicemen who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were believed to have been denied proper recognition of their bravery due to their race, had his DSC upgraded and received the Medal of Honor for his bravery on June 21, 2000.
      Inouye, due to the loss of his arm, abandoned his plans to become a surgeon and returned to college to study political science under the G.I. Bill. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., in 1953 and was elected into the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. .
      In 1953, Daniel Inouye was elected to the Hawaii territorial House of Representatives, and was immediately elected majority leader. He served two terms there, and was elected to the Hawaii territorial senate in 1957. Midway through Inouye's first term in the territorial senate, Hawaii achieved statehood. He won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as Hawaii's first full member, and took office on August 21, 1959, the same date Hawaii became a state; he was re-elected in 1960.
      Inouye, in 1962, was elected to the U.S. Senate. He was reelected eight times and died in office in 2012.

      Senator (Captain) Daniel Inouye earned the Medal of Honor, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Chief Commander of the Philippine Legion of Honor Medal, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Medal (Japan), the Grand Cross of the Order of Lakandula (Philippines), the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor Medal (France), the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers (Japan) and the Grand Cross of the Order of Sikatuna (Philippines) during his military and diplomatic career. Inouye is also authorized to wear the US Army Combat Infantryman Badge.

The ships sponsor is Irene Hirano Inouye, wife of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.



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