"Ladies and Gents,
Now only two (of the 80) Doolittle's Raiders remain; Dick Cole and David Thatcher. Bob Hite of Nashville, passed on Palm Sunday and Ed Saylor in WA state passed in late January. The Raiders will receive the Congressional Gold Medal and on their 73rd Anniversary of the mission (18 April), will present it to the USAF Museum in Dayton, OH. If in Dayton, check out the 80 Goblets and the two that remain upright and tip a glass on the 18th to the Raiders and all of our WWII Vets!
Dick's grandson recently graduated from West Point; I never asked why he didn't go to Zoom School instead.
Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole
Co-pilot of Crew No. 1
Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher
Engineer-gunner of Crew No. 7
at the National Museum of the US Air Force