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on Apr 18, 2019 in Random Thoughts

Doolittle Raid 77th Anniversary

Lt Col Dick Cole
Doolittle Raider at 75th Anniv 2016

Seventy-seven years ago today, 80 airmen in 16 B-25Bs launched from the USS Hornet to attack mainland Japan. Pearl Harbor was fresh in everyone’s memory and even though the damage from the raid was thought to be a token at best, the boost to the US moral was immeasurable. In Dayton, OH in 2017, eleven B-25 flew over the USAF Museum to pay their respect and tribute to the Doolittle Raiders and thank them for their sacrifice for our freedoms on the 75th anniversary of this event. Lt Col Dick Cole, 102 years old then, was the last of the eighty Raiders and was present for the ceremonies (he passed 8 April 2019). We owe all our vets a tribute and I’m glad we are saying thanks to this very special vet! On this day is Dick’s memorial, he will be in our prayers especially today.

The 11 B-25s present for 75th Reunion

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