“THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO – 70TH REUNION OF DOOLITTLE’S RAIDERS” (#2)

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[Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, 96, Dayton, Ohio, April 18, 2012]

Please click on the link below for the back story.

During the Memorial Service held Wednesday afternoon, April 18, on the grounds of the USAF’s National Museum in Dayton, Ohio, I captured this image of Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, the eldest of the five surviving Raiders, in what appeared to be a reflective mood.

What was Col. Cole thinking? Was he thinking of that day, exactly 70 years ago, when as a 26-year-old lieutenant, his B-25 (“Mitchell”) lumbered down the short flight deck of the U.S.S. Hornet to launch the famous raid on Japan?

Was he thinking of his comrades who, including himself, were 80 in number, but now were only five?

God bless them all.

[Historic note: Col. Cole's plane was the first off of the Hornet. It was co-piloted by none other than Lt. Col. (later Gen.) Jimmy H. Doolittle, himself.]

[THANK YOU Wayne and Judy for the nomination! THANK YOU Frank for the spotlight! THANK YOU Karin for the spotlight! THANK YOU Page for the nomination!]

55 responses

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   said (26 Apr 2012):

    Your last line says it perfectly: "God bless them all."

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    FAB-U-LOUS PHOTO ... Just look at his face, remembering!! Excellent Richard.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    This is a fantastic image and tribute. I bet his mind is full of sad memories.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    A very poignant story and photo. God bless them all is the perfect last line .

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    wonderful image

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    He does have a reflective look on his face....Wonderful portrait.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    No words are better or more true than "God bless them all"....He is going through many moments in time I believe....very well captured

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    Fabulous shot!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (26 Apr 2012):

    wonderful story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fantastic Richard....

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    One can only imagine the emotion these brave men were feeling that day!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    One of the many planes my father flew was a B-25...although all his missions were flown in a P-47.

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    Very creative! Well done.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    Don't know how you remember all that detail, but your prose is as good as your photo.......luv it!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    Fantastic image cousin! Reflective for sure!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    This is a great capture of a hero! You caught his expression very well. So great to remember and commemorate those important events that shape our great county.

  • Linda Benzon

    Linda Benzon (Deleted) said (26 Apr 2012):

    Great photo and story! And still a "point and shoot"? Amazing!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    great!!! BRAVO TAGLIAFERRO!

  • Mark Orr

    Mark Orr said (26 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful and poignant shot!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    A wonderfully expressive portrait.. one can imagine the memories that came flooding back to him.. great capture, Richard!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (26 Apr 2012):

    An outstanding image of an American Hero!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    Wonderful!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    We owe those guys sooo much! A wonderful shot of this amazing hero. Great story, Dick!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    And He was there..... I am sure he remembers it to well. Well done.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    They give so much, get back so little, excellent capture and wonderful tribute !

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    Outstanding my friend!

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   said (27 Apr 2012):

    Powerful,strong emotion, tears in my eyes!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (27 Apr 2012):

    He is really a celebrity, his company is exceptionally well known and legendary from us. The story is very well told in the movie "Pearl Harbor" filmed in 2000 came as a masterpiece in film history. Great tribute Richard.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Apr 2012):

    What an incredible shot of this hero! I love your editing, with the softness surrounding this remarkable man. I would love to know what was going through his mind. How many times, I wonder, has this brave man relived those historical moments. Brilliant job on this one, t.....both the photo and the narrative.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (27 Apr 2012):

    Having been born and raised in Ohio about 50 miles from this wonderful scene, it brings back wonderful memories of visiting the fabulous USAF museum. What a wonderful photograph, Richard. It is so heartwarming and nostalgic. I love the very interesting narrative also. My Dad was on a Destroyer in the South Pacific during WWII, so he shared a great interest in this museum. Thanks for sharing such fabulous piece of American History with us!!! You always do a perfect and astounding job!!!!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (27 Apr 2012):

    I still remember seeing a slickly published Japanese propaganda magazine outlining how they claimed shooting down "several" planes. There was a shot of a snarling noncom, samurai sword raised, and an unknowing blindfolded crewman before being decapitated. The raid unsettled the entire command.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (27 Apr 2012):

    Super tribute, great job.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    AWESOME portrait!!!!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    Excellent photographed! Great tribute!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    Very nice Sir RIchard.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    Lots to reflect on...Beautiful!

  • vince scaglione

    vince scaglione gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    Awesomee shot and Wonderful tribute! Makes you wanna say God Bless America!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    Deeply symbolic, and emotionally charged--balanced so well--dof awesome

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    thanks for sharing such awesome information!

  • Karin J. Burton

    Karin J. Burton said (29 Apr 2012):

    Very awesome!!

  • Mike Despot

    Mike Despot   gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    This is a moving and wonderful photo. Great job. Thanks for the background story too.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    OUTSTANDING Sir Richard!!!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    Excellent...what a great story!!!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    of great impact!!

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    Awesome Capture

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    What a beautiful tribute and capture of this amazing man! So many memories locked up in his mind. This is wonderful.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (1 May 2012):

    Oh yes indeed...Bless him. such a thoughtful expression caught so well, on his aged worn face. Your narrative is a wonderful tribute to him and all those souls who gave all for freedom.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (3 May 2012):

    Outstanding portrait, my friend. Deeply moving. Love the selective focus.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2012):

    Great portrait

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (19 May 2012):

    Yes indeed, may God Bless him and all his comrades, they are the true heroes and have paid a heavy price for the freedoms so many now take for granted.Blessing to you as well Dick for posting this and the other memorial tribute the those gallant Men.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (24 May 2012):

    Touching!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    FAB image,

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   said (17 Apr 2013):

    what an honor for you to meet these brave men.....wow

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