The Greatest Generation

I was too young in 1942 to understand the bravery and contribution of the Doolittle raiders. And now, of the 80 original crewmen, there only 4 still living, all in their 90s.

Although 74-years late, as a grateful citizen of this country, I would still like to say to each:

  • Dick Cole (Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Tokyo raid)
  • Robert Hite
  • Edward Saylor
    and
  • David Thatcher

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Thank You. You are very best of what it means to be an American.

The Doolittle Raid

The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942, was an air raid by the United States of America on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on the island of Honshu during World War II, the first air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands. It demonstrated that Japan itself was vulnerable to American air attack, served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, and provided an important boost to American morale. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle of the United States Army Air Forces.

Source: Doolittle Raid – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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