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Last of Doolittle Raiders memorialized during ceremony at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
September 10, 2021
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr. presents the U.S. flag to retired Col. Richard E. Cole’s daughter, Cindy Chal, during his interment ceremony, Sept. 7, 2021.

Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the Doolittle Raiders made history, planted the seeds for today’s Air Force
April 22, 2019
On April 18, 1942, airmen of the US Army Air Forces, led by Lt. Col. James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle, carried the Battle of the Pacific to the heart of the Japanese empire with a surprising and daring raid on military targets at Tokyo, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Nagoya and Kobe. This heroic attack against these major cities was the result of coordination between the Army Air Forces and the US Navy, which carried the sixteen North American B-25 medium bombers aboard the carrier USS Hornet to within take-off distance of the Japanese Islands. A pair of alert escorts follow the USS Hornet to protect her lethal cargo of B-25 bombers. The aircraft carrier Hornet had 16 AAF B-25s on deck, ready for the Tokyo Raid.

Final Doolittle Raider’s tradition of honor and legacy of valor celebrated at memorial
April 19, 2019
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein addresses the family of retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole during a memorial service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph April 18. Cole was the last surviving Doolittle Raider who took part in the storied World War II raid on Tokyo and was a founding Airman of the USAF Special Operations community.

Lt. Col. Dick Cole, last surviving Doolittle Raider, passes away at age 103
April 10, 2019
Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, copilot to Jimmy Doolittle during the Doolittle Raid, smiles as he honors the U.S. flag during the singing of the National Anthem at an airshow in Burnet, Texas. Cole was honored by the community and guests as the only remaining military service member alive from the April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid.

Lt. Col. Richard Cole, last of the 80 Doolittle Raiders, turns 103
September 10, 2018
Lt. Col. Richard Cole

Doolittle Raiders honored during 74th anniversary at JBSA-Randolph
April 19, 2016
Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, co-pilot of Aircraft No. 1 of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, raises a glass to toast the 74th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid April 18 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. On the same day in 1942, Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle led a select team of 80 pilots, gunners, navigators and bombardiers to execute a surprise attack over the islands of Japan in retaliation after the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.  Cole, at 100-years-old, is one of two remaining survivors of the Doolittle Raid.  Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, who was unable to attend, is the second survivor.