Daniel Inouye Goes from War Hero to Senator (feat. Steven Yeun) – Drunk History


– HI, I’M PHIL HENDRIE,
AND WELCOME TODRUNK HISTORYON COMEDY CENTRAL. TONIGHT, THE STORY
OF DANIEL INOUYE. CHEERS. DANIEL INOUYE IS PUTTING HIS TIE
ON ONE BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY MORNING WHEN SUDDENLY HIS FATHER’S
IN THE HALLWAY. AND HIS DAD’S LIKE,
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. IT’S NOT A JOKE. PEARL HARBOR’S BEEN ATTACKED. WE’RE [bleep].
AMERICA’S BOMBED. HAWAII IS BOMBED. PEARL HARBOR IS BOMBED. BANG,
DOWN HE GOES INTO HONOLULU, AND HE WAS THE FIRST GUY IN LINE
TO ENLIST. AND THEY CAME OUT AND SAID,
YOU CAN’T ENLIST. INOUYE’S LIKE, WHY? BECAUSE YOU’RE A JAP. YOU KNOW, IT SUCKS. THAT JUST BLEW
HIS [bleep] MIND. HE WAS,
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I’M READY TO ROCK AND ROLL
ON THIS [bleep], YOU KNOW. WHY CAN’T JAPANESE-AMERICANS
FIGHT? WELL, THIS WAS BULL [bleep]
BECAUSE NOT A ONE OF THESE PEOPLE
HAD PROVEN THEMSELVES TO BE ANYTHING OTHER
THAN LOYAL [bleep] AMERICANS. IT WASN’T UNTIL 1943 WHEN
FINALLY THE 442 WAS ORGANIZED. WE ARE THE GO FOR BROKE
JAPANESE-AMERICAN UNIT, THE REGINAL INNERMINT– INTERNET–
THE INTERNET REGIMENT TEAM. WHOO, MAN. [laughter] THE 442 INFANTRY REGIMENT
UNITED STATES REGIMENT. MOST OF THE 442
CAME FROM HAWAII. WHAT THE [bleep] IS THAT? – WELL, WE’RE GONNA BUILD THE
SCENE. LET’S SEE IF WE GOT–
– OH, I SEE. – WE’RE GONNA HIDE THERE.
– WHAT THE [bleep] IS THIS? HE’S PLAYING A GUITAR. LOOK AT THIS ONE. – OH, YEAH.
IS THAT LA BAMBA? – HE’S–YEAH, HE’S DOING
A GUITAR MOVE HERE, YOU SEE? HE’S JUST, YEAH. SO THE FIGHTING IN ITALY
WAS BRUTALITY UNCHAINED. THERE WAS MOUNTAIN FIGHTING. IT WAS SLOW, PLODDING,
DEADLY WARFARE. DANIEL IS A–HE’S A LIEUTENANT,
SO HE’S LEADING A PLATOON. IT’S APRIL OF 1945. THE OBJECTIVE, WE GOT TO CLEAR
THESE MACHINE GUN NESTS. WHAT THE [bleep], YOU KNOW. LET’S SEND
THESE JAPANESE GUYS IN. LET’S SEE
WHAT THEY CAN DO, OKAY? YOU KNOW, GO OUT,
KICK ASS, TAKE NAMES. [bleep] THEM UP. YOU KNOW, LET’S GO, MAN. INOUYE LEADS HIS PLATOON
UP THIS RIDGE. GRADUALLY, HE SEES HIS MEN
BEHIND HIM GETTING KILLED. INOUYE BY THIS POINT SAYS,
MY MEN ARE SITTING DUCKS. BUT INOUYE IS THE OFFICER,
AND HE’S DANIEL INOUYE. HE SAYS, OKAY, [bleep] IT. I GOT A–
I GOT A BAG FULL OF GRENADES. I’M GONNA TAKE ANOTHER SHOT. BY HIMSELF, HE KEPT ADVANCING. IT’S LIKE SOMETHING
OUT OF A [bleep] MOVIE. THE GUY’S THROWING GRENADES
AND FIRING A MACHINE GUN. THROWING GRENADES
AND FIRING A MACHINE GUN. BOOM, HE TAKE OUT ONE NEST
WITH HAND GRENADES AND ANOTHER NEST WITH SMALL ARMS
FIRING HAND GRENADES. AND NOW COMES THE THIRD
MACHINE GUN NEST. – YOU DON’T HAVE TO FINISH THAT,
BY THE WAY. THERE’S NO– – OH, I MIGHT AS WELL GO AHEAD
AND DO IT TO IT, YEAH. THAT’S THE GOOD–
THAT’S THE BABY. BOOM! AS HE GOES TO TAKE THE THIRD,
BANG. HE TOOK A BULLET
THROUGH THE STOMACH. HE LOOKED DOWN. HE SAID, I FEEL OKAY,
SO I’LL KEEP GOING. RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT
COMES A RIFLE-PROPELLED GRENADE. BOOM! THIS ARM IS NOW SHREDDED. WHEN HE LOOKED DOWN,
HE SAID, THERE’S A [bleep] ARM
NEXT TO ME AND THERE’S A HAND GRENADE
IN THAT MOTHER[bleep]. HE SAYS, JESUS H. CHRIST. I BETTER THROW THIS GRENADE. HE GRABS THE GRENADE, THROWS IT INTO THIS MACHINE GUN
NEST HERE. AND THEN, BOOM. DEAD. HE CRAWLED BEHIND A TREE,
AND HE STAYED THERE NINE HOURS. FINALLY, BY MIDNIGHT,
INOUYE WAS TAKEN DOWNHILL. GUYS ARE COMING UP TO HIM GOING,
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR ARM? WHAT? THE [bleep] ARM IS GONE. I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE
YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, MAN. THE RIGHT ARM IS NOT THERE. ALL RIGHT,
SO IT’S NOT [bleep] THERE. WELL, WHAT THE [bleep]? OH, JEEZ,
THIS GUY WITH THE [bleep] ARM. YOU LOVE HIM?
THE ARM’S GONE. IT’S GONE.
I DON’T KNOW. YOU WANT TO GO UP
AND LOOK FOR IT, BILLY, YOU CAN GO UP
AND LOOK FOR IT. BUT I’M GOING,
AND I’M GONNA GET SOME CHOW AND THEN I’M GETTING
MY [bleep] ASS OUT OF HERE. I LOVE HOW THIS CAT
JUST KEEPS IT TOGETHER. I’M [bleep] HAMMERED, MAN,
ON THIS [bleep], AND HE’S ALL,
“YEAH, HEY, WHAT’S UP?” AFTER THE WAR, THE 442
WAS THE MOST DECORATED UNIT IN THE HISTORY
OF THE AMERICAN ARMY. BUT THE PREJUDICE AGAINST
JAPANESE-AMERICANS CONTINUED. HE SAID, GOD DAMN IT, IF THOSE MOTHER[bleep]
DON’T BELIEVE IT YET, WE’VE JUST PROVEN
WE’RE [bleep] PATRIOTS, MAN. WE KICKED ASS.
WE LOST OUR [bleep] ARMS. WHAT IS GOING ON, YOU KNOW? [bleep] YOU. WE NEED REPRESENTATION
OF THE JAPANESE-AMERICANS. AND NOW BEGAN
DANIEL INOUYE’S CAREER AS THE VERY FIRST
JAPANESE-AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND WHEN DANIEL INOUYE DIED,
PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID, DANIEL INOUYE WAS
AN INSPIRATION TO ME, AND WITHOUT HIM,
I WOULD NOT BE IN POLITICS. – ALL RIGHT,
TO A TRUE PATRIOT. – RIGHT ON, MAN. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT,
MAN. – NOTHING.
– NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. HE OVERCAME THE PREJUDICE
OF THIS–THE PREJU- [laughs] YOU DIRTY MOTHER[bleep].

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