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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
*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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To: Little Ray

Someday I’m going to put together a post on all the extraordinary things that the US Army has done, from this heavy bomber Aircraft Carrier raid, the Air delivered soldiers, to the largest amphibious landings and having a large Army Navy, to putting us in space, even the Indian Code talkers of WWI and WWII.


21 posted on 09/05/2013 8:56:04 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The Greatest Generation.

Those involved fought WWII honorably, but assigning them the "The Greatest Generation" label is inaccurate not to mention very arrogant.

22 posted on 09/05/2013 9:08:24 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Hardly.


23 posted on 09/05/2013 9:10:43 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Little Ray; metesky

Mine, too.


24 posted on 09/05/2013 9:16:37 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Little Ray

Coincidentally, I watched “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” a couple of weeks ago. A true classic, made in 1944.

When I saw this thread, I knew I just had to join in.


25 posted on 09/05/2013 9:25:05 AM PDT by Dan in Wichita
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
What most people are not cognizant of is that every person who joins the military swears an oath to give their life for this country if necessary. The folks who send these people into harms way should keep this in mind.

I am in awe of the Doolittle Raiders as well as the guys who flew the B-17's out of England. They committed to 25 missions, even though in the beginning it was statistically impossible to complete 25 missions. I am also in awe of the F-105 pilots who flew the aircraft I loaded in Vietnam. They flew the missions, even though the R.O.E. was designed to help the enemy shoot them down over Hanoi and Haiphong.

26 posted on 09/05/2013 9:34:40 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: dragnet2

david brokaw did that in order to sell his book of the same name.

The greatest generation has given us the aarp marketing machine, zombie democrat voters, dead voters, nursing home legally incapacitated voters, social security fear mongering, condo commandos, and the “I don’t care about the next generation” deficits.

There are rugged individuals who make things of relevance happen. Sadly it is the old axiom, defeat is an orphan and victory has many claim credit.


27 posted on 09/05/2013 9:38:09 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Little Ray
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (YouTube)

And I think I'll go watch it again myself...

28 posted on 09/05/2013 9:51:13 AM PDT by Anton.Rutter
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To: Little Ray
i have always been fascinated by the doolittle raid, there are a number of great books on it.

while militarily insignificant in terms of damage, it was monumental in setting the tone of the war. contrary to what the japanese thought, the US was never going to allow Japan to stay behind a defensive perimeter while the US sued for peace. the doolittle raid showed that, it tagged the japanese homeland as the target. that shocked the japanese and forced them to recalc the need for home defense.

but to me, the most significant thing was that the raid was basically a suicide raid. it showed the USA would do whatever it took, at any cost, to acheive total victory. that was the essence of the japanese miscalculation, they totally missed that aspect of US culture.
could they have really conceived that less than 5 years after the pearl harbor raid, there country, and particularly the top 20 cities would be in absolute ruin, including two nuclear strikes?
one never knows where war will go.

29 posted on 09/05/2013 10:15:28 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: NonValueAdded

Yes, I am confused as well, I thought it was to go to the last man.


30 posted on 09/05/2013 10:30:21 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: anoldafvet
My dad flew C-46s over the Hump in the China-Burma-India Campaign, was burned in a crash landing in India and received some of the first skin grafts at the Army burn hospital in San Antonio.

My uncle was a navigator on a B-17 out of England and made all his return flights. Uncle Lloyd received the Silver Star (among other medals) at the end of his tour.
My dad was a civilian pilot and other than the medical care, got no recognition.

31 posted on 09/05/2013 11:06:01 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: anoldafvet

“Thud’s”, right? I read “Thud Ridge” many years ago, and was extremely impressed with these brave men. Talk about the rules being stacked against you... God Bless them, and all of you who served with them.


32 posted on 09/05/2013 11:24:20 AM PDT by HeadOn (Be ready at a minute's notice to saddle up.)
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To: HeadOn
I was 13 years old at the time of the “ Doolittle Raid” although the raid didn't cause much damage, it accomplished two very important things.1 it proved to the Japanese that their Island was not safe from enemy bombing.And secondly, it gave a terrific boost too the American Civilian Population. Since December 7 1941 we had been pushed all over the Pacific.We were a peace loving nation not geared up for war.But after a lot of Pacific defeats, the DoolittleRaid was a terrific Moral Booster/ We could fight back, and we could hurt the enemy.
33 posted on 09/05/2013 11:55:03 AM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Behind every successful man is and amazed Mother In Law.)
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To: Old Sarge
We will not see a generation like that again in our lifetime.

You got that right. I got the same email several weeks ago as well.

34 posted on 09/05/2013 12:06:58 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: beebuster2000

Actually, it should have been painfully obvious.
There were more paved roads in California than in all of Japan. I don’t even want to guess how we compared for miles of railroad. Or steel production.
The first A6M “Zero” prototype was carried from the factory to the airfield in an oxcart. Using trucks damaged the aircraft (remember the roads?). Subsequent production aircraft traveled the same way or in horse-drawn carts.
The US GDP was over four times that of Japan in 1941.


35 posted on 09/05/2013 12:18:06 PM 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

Probably a wise decision. As elderly as the 4 survivors are, it’s a real possibility all would be gone by next year, which would be sad not to have them share the final toast as planned.


36 posted on 09/05/2013 12:33:57 PM PDT by Zman516
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To: longtermmemmory

david brokaw did that in order to sell his book of the same name.

The greatest generation has given us the aarp marketing machine, zombie democrat voters, dead voters, nursing home legally incapacitated voters, social security fear mongering, condo commandos, and the “I don’t care about the next generation” deficits.

There are rugged individuals who make things of relevance happen. Sadly it is the old axiom, defeat is an orphan and victory has many claim credit.

___________________________________________________________

Absolutely...Good points all.

And don’t forget the good ol boy corrupt politicians like LBJ, another guy from Texas who brought us the epic “Great Society” leftist socialism.


37 posted on 09/05/2013 2:28:53 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Little Ray
Jimmy Doolittle bore an amazingly resemblance to Alec Baldwin.


38 posted on 09/05/2013 2:35:18 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

thats not jimmy dolittle, thats spencer tracy


39 posted on 09/05/2013 7:55:43 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Little Ray
Doolittle's plane was the first one off the deck. He didn't lead from behind.


40 posted on 09/05/2013 8:01:39 PM PDT by Flag_This (Term limits.)
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To: NonValueAdded; fortheDeclaration; PUGACHEV; Little Ray; Old Sarge

Just got an email, complete with pictures. Like you, I was a bit confused by the “Last” toast. Here’s what my email said:


“So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.
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The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date — some time this year — to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy. That is when they will open the bottle of brandy.

The years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.”


May God Bless you and your families, Gentlemen, and also the families of all those whose goblets are already upside-down.


41 posted on 09/06/2013 8:22:19 AM PDT by HeadOn (Be ready at a minute's notice to saddle up.)
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To: HeadOn

That’s the one I was referring to, thanks!


42 posted on 09/06/2013 8:29:36 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: HeadOn

Thanks for the clarification. God Bless them.


43 posted on 09/06/2013 8:30:19 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Little Ray.
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.

44 posted on 09/06/2013 4:15:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Old Sarge
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.

Honorable brave men... saved a nation.

45 posted on 09/06/2013 8:42:29 PM PDT by GOPJ (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts - Churchill)
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To: kabar

My 2nd cousin’s daughter is married to Doolittle’s great grandson or grandson, can’t remember which, but I met him a couple of times at family reunions and he seemed like a very nice young man. Coincidentally, the cousin’s grandmother knew Amelia Earhart when my great Aunt was 17 or 18 one summer in S.C. She told me Amelia was doing some barnstorming and stayed at a hotel she was working in. Funny how the two paths sort of crossed.


46 posted on 09/06/2013 9:05:13 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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