Sen. Bob Dole delivered a touching salute to his long-time colleague and fellow World War II veteran Sen. Daniel Inouye as he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Dole, 89, was escorted carefully to the casket by his wife, former North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, saying, “I wouldn’t want Danny to see me in a wheelchair.” CQ Roll Call has the very touching photo.

Dole and Inouye met in an Army hospital as they were both recovering from wounds sustained during the war.

With contentious negotiations over the impending fiscal cliff underway nearby, the solemn moment reminded many of a better time.

  • Victoria Lord

    This is moving.

  • KansasGirl

    Go with G-d soldier.

  • RightThinking1

    From a vet.

  • Lisa Dean

    Very admirable men. God speed Sen. Inouye.

  • LC

    Thank you to both men.

  • Bob Cordon

    Bob Dole is a class act. Always has been.

  • lonestar

    Sen. Inouye deserves to lie in state. He is a true American hero.

  • Jay McHue

    One hero paying his last respects to another, who was also his friend. America doesn’t get much better than that.

  • kate_middleton

    Very touching. I don’t think they make them like Dole or Inouye anymore.

    • Amy

      They do – but in shorter supply… We have a decade now of men & women who signed on the dotted line knowing they were headed to a sandbox – and most likely more than once. :-( They are the minority though and certainly not a whole generation of people as was the case in WWII.

      • kate_middleton

        Good point, Amy. I’m of that generation as well (30). But thinking about Dole and Inouye, it really makes the pettiness of current politicians look gross. Harry Reid, Pelosi…even some on our side.

        • mickeyco

          Agree totally, Kate.

        • bluewaternavy

          Kate, I’m much older and agree with you. Many of my generation are much the same. Inouye and Dole were truly of the “Greatest Generation”

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Amazing photo. Dole was a star athlete in college who left school to fight and was nearly killed by German machine gun fire Inouye walked away from a surgical career and into the war , despite the fact he probably could have gotten out of serving, to show that America meant everything to him and his community. and was maimed for life in an mind-boggling act of bravery. Nothing but the highest respect and honor to these two men for what they sacrificed for the nation. May God bless them both.

  • Jay McHue

    If you haven’t yet, go read about Sen. Inouye’s military service, particularly the battle in which he was injured. You will be utterly amazed and truly moved. In a world that marvels at Hollywood action heroes, the antics of those fictional characters absolutely pale in comparison to Inouye’s very real, truly heroic actions that day. Though I usually loathe directing anyone to Wikipedia, in this case, it’s a good place to start, particularly since the facts of this particular subject are not in question.

    • TomJB

      You don’t have to go to Wiki. Heres a link to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society that has the Senator’s citation:

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    • Blake Waymire

      Agreed. It’s a little odd to me that so far Hollywood has not produced a modern film about Inouye’s unit. My senior thesis for my BA of history was on the sacrifices of the Japanese-Americans during the war, with emphasis on the 442nd, and I came away from that with the utmost respect for them.

      And Dole is a class act. Nothing else you could say.

  • Robert Phelps

    I completely understand his sentiment. My father served in WWII in Europe as well. When they played taps at his funeral, it brought everyone to tears. Definitely was the Greatest Generation.

  • Eric Panknin

    Of all things, Inouye was in lefty Ken Burns documentary “The War” and tells all about what happened in Hawaii and his service.