“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]
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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!]
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