April 13, 2019

“I had my own confidence, but we all had Jimmy Doolittle. His confidence flowed into us and we would have followed him anywhere.” – Richard Cole (1915-2019)

To Do Today: Richard Cole, the last survivor of the Doolittle Raiders, passed away this week at 103. Read The New York Times article about him and the raid on Japan here.

Richard Cole, 103, Last Survivor of Doolittle Raid on Japan, Dies
Richard E. Cole, who was Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the lead plane of a storied mission in the history of American air power, the bombing raid on Japan in retaliation for its attack on Pearl Harbor months earlier, died on Tuesday in San Antonio. He was 103 and the last survivor of the 80 Doolittle raiders, who carried out America’s first strikes against the Japanese homeland in World War II.

His death was announced by Gen. David L. Goldfein, the chief of staff of the Air Force.

Read the full obituary here.

Daily Lenten Commitment: “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa

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