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Doolittle Raiderís Final Toast To Take Place This November
Warbird Radio ^ | September 5, 2013 | Staff Writer

Posted on 09/05/2013 7:34:04 AM PDT by Little Ray

WARBIRD RADIO - The National Museum of the United States Air Force along with the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders announced this morning that the U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Today, just four of the men survive: Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, co-pilot of Crew No. 1; Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, co-pilot of Crew No. 16; Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 15; and Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 7. At this time, all four Raiders are planning to attend the event. According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, the Doolittle Raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power because it marked the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: doolittleraid; wwii
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*Sniff. Something in my eye.
1 posted on 09/05/2013 7:34:04 AM PDT by Little Ray
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To: Little Ray; Arrowhead1952; ConorMacNessa; BIGLOOK; HiJinx; SandRat; mylife; blackie; ...

I recently got a long chain email about this. Uplifting, and sad at the same time.

We will not see a generation like that again in our lifetime.


2 posted on 09/05/2013 7:37:14 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Little Ray

Perhaps I’m misunderstanding ... there are 4 survivors who will attend this year. Is this their annual “final toast” ceremony and there will be another one held next year? Or is this the last ever (final) ceremony as the survivors are in failing health and unable to attend [as happened with our local Battle of the Bulge ceremony - so very sad].


3 posted on 09/05/2013 7:42:42 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: Little Ray

1972 Gen. Doolittle came to VAFB, CA, for our Olympic Arena competition.

ICBM combat crews compete in all aspects of missile and RV assembly, test, and checkout, leading up to launch.

Also, got see Gen. Curtis LeMay.


4 posted on 09/05/2013 7:45:34 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Little Ray

Where do we get such men? The Doolittle mission was one of the most heroic and daring of any military action of any nation. It was incredible.


5 posted on 09/05/2013 7:45:39 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

The Greatest Generation.


6 posted on 09/05/2013 7:47:01 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Old Sarge

Agree about the “generation” comment but the performance and sacrifices of our military over the last 30 plus years has been impressive and I believe compare well with the best in our history.


7 posted on 09/05/2013 7:48:37 AM PDT by Shark24
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To: NonValueAdded

According to the email I got about it, this will be the last one.

The four men will crack open the bottle of 1896 cognac that has been saved for this occasion.

1896 was the year GEN Doolittle was born.


8 posted on 09/05/2013 7:52:15 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Little Ray

It never did mention why this is the last toast. Presumably because of the advanced age and deteriorating health of the last 4 survivors.


9 posted on 09/05/2013 7:52:59 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: Shark24

Having led some of them into the storm, I can agree.


10 posted on 09/05/2013 7:54:45 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Shark24
Agree about the “generation” comment but the performance and sacrifices of our military over the last 30 plus years has been impressive and I believe compare well with the best in our history.

This is just MHO, but I believe the difference between now and then is that we don't tell, share and cherish the stories of valor by this generation, while the stories of the previous generations were rightly cherished.

Just looking at movies, there were scores of movies produced during WWII, and then a steady stream for decades after, detailing events, battles, stories of heroism, etc.

There's barely a trickle today.
11 posted on 09/05/2013 8:04:24 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; mickie
Lt. Col. Cole is 98. He is the oldest of the 4 survivors.

I couldn't find the ages of the other three heroes except they are all in their 90s.

Let's hope these brave Americans live to be in their 100s !!!

Leni

12 posted on 09/05/2013 8:05:48 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Little Ray

All volunteers on that mission of course, and I’m sure they had to turn many others away who would have gladly gone.


13 posted on 09/05/2013 8:14:22 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: NonValueAdded

All four of ‘em are in their 90’s if not older. It is almost certainly the LAST toast.
Somebody else at the museum will have turn their cups upside down as they pass...


14 posted on 09/05/2013 8:17:28 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Little Ray

Great article on a very special occasion. Great website too.


15 posted on 09/05/2013 8:19:25 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Little Ray

Very interesting and informative link:

http://doolittleraider.com/

Lots of pics and biological info too.


16 posted on 09/05/2013 8:22:32 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: NonValueAdded
I read Jimmy Dolittle's autobiography I Could never Be So Lucky Again, and, IIRC, there is a silver cup or chalice that they toast to at the reunions that will go to the final survivor. That may be why they are going to continue.
17 posted on 09/05/2013 8:27:55 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: Little Ray

“Ligwa megwa,” as Thatcher told the Chinese.

“We’re Americans.”


18 posted on 09/05/2013 8:28:39 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Little Ray

A group of our finest men.


19 posted on 09/05/2013 8:30:42 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: chrisser

Well said and agree.


20 posted on 09/05/2013 8:37:13 AM PDT by Shark24
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