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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 01:11 PM

The remaining Doolittle Raiders will gather in Dayton, Ohio, for a final time next month.

http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/remaining-doolittle-raiders-gather-dayton-ohio-final-time-month.html

The remaining Doolittle Raiders will gather in Dayton, Ohio, for a final time next month.



The revered World War II heroes will lift their goblets, sip their 117-year-old cognac and say good-bye to a decades-old tradition of gathering with their comrades to reflect on their contribution to American history. “It’s bittersweet,” said Wes Fields, who lives in Destin and has served as the Raiders’ security guard and escort for decades.

He will attend the toast at the National Museum of the Air Force on Nov. 9. “You want to be involved in it, but in a sense you don’t because you dread it. It’s coming to an end,” Fields said. On April 18, 1942, 80 men led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle took off in B-25s from an aircraft carrier to bomb Japan. It was the first retaliation after Pearl Harbor, and while the physical damage to Japan was minimal the raid was a tremendous boost for morale back home. Nearly every year since the raid, the men had gathering for a reunion —the last of which was held in Fort Walton Beach earlier this year. As part of the tradition, they hold a toast before a set of 80 goblets engraved with each Raider’s name. After the toast, they overturn the goblet of any Raider who passed on that year.

Three of the remaining four Raiders — 98-year-old Lt. Col. Dick Cole, 93-year-old Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and 92-year-old Staff Sgt. David Thatcher — will attend their final toast. They will open the famed bottle of Hennessy Very Special cognac from 1896, the year Jimmy Doolittle was born.


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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 02:30 PM

1. The Bravest of the Brave



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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 02:39 PM

2. Am the happy owner of a copy of Carroll V. Glines 'Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders' inscribed by

Jimmy Doolittle. Here's a salute to the heroic survivors and all those valiant warriors who have passed on.

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