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Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the Doolittle Raiders made history, planted the seeds for today’s Air Force
April 22, 2019
— When Lt. Col. Dick Cole pushed the throttles forward April 18, 1942, to coax the lumbering, indecisive B-25 Mitchell bomber off the rolling deck of the USS Hornet for an audacious raid on Tokyo, he had no conception of space as a warfighting domain. “Cyber” would not be a word for several more decades; drones, GPS and mid-air refueling were nothing more than fanciful science fiction....
Final Doolittle Raider’s tradition of honor and legacy of valor celebrated at memorial
April 19, 2019
— he tradition of honor and legacy of valor that defined the life of retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole were celebrated during a memorial service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph April 18. On the day marking the 77th anniversary of the storied World War II Doolittle Tokyo raid and in a hangar surrounded by vintage aircraft linked to the Doolittle Raider’s career, Cole’s family and friends, Air Force senior leaders, and Airmen of all ranks gathered to recognize the accomplishments of the humble warrior from Ohio who answered his nation’s call in America’s darkest days....
Lt. Col. Dick Cole, last surviving Doolittle Raider, passes away at age 103
April 10, 2019
— A legendary chapter in Air Force history has come to a close. Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, the last survivor of the “Doolittle Raid,” died April 9, in San Antonio....
Lt. Col. Richard Cole, last of the 80 Doolittle Raiders, turns 103
September 10, 2018
— On April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25 bombers lined up on the USS Hornet and prepared to drop bombs onto Japan for a much-needed comeback following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Bataan Death March. Leading the way for 80 men was Lt. Col. James Doolittle, giving them the title “Doolittle Raiders.”...
Doolittle Raiders honored during 74th anniversary at JBSA-Randolph
April 19, 2016
— The World War II Doolittle Raiders were honored during aceremony marking the 74th anniversary of their Tokyo raid April 18 at JointBase San Antonio-Randolph.On the same day, in 1942, Lt. Col. James H....