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Inouye posthumously awarded presidential medal



HONOLULU (AP) The late Sen. Daniel Inouye is one of 16 Americans awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

President Barack Obama presented Inouye's medal to his widow, Irene Hirano Inouye at a White House ceremony on Wednesday. 

Gov. Neil Abercombie said in a statement he can think of no one more deserving of the medal. He says the senator's service was the epitome of valor and the Aloha spirit. 

Sen. Mazie Hirono says Inouye carried himself with humility and often deflected credit. But she says there's no doubt his work laid the foundation of modern Hawaii.

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