A final toast for the last surviving Doolittle Raiders

They're in their 90's now - frail, but clear eyed and alert. In Dayton, Ohio last night, 3 of the last 4 surviving members of the 80 airmen and pilots who took off from the deck of the USS Hornet to attack Tokyo on April 18, 1942 gathered at the National Air Force Museum and raised a goblet to fallen comrades one last time. Associated Press: Three of the four surviving Raiders attended the toast Saturday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Their late commander, Lt. Gen. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, started the tradition but they decided this autumn's ceremony would be their last. "May they rest in peace," Lt. Col. Richard Cole, 98, said before he and fellow Raiders - Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, 93, and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, 92 - sipped cognac from specially engraved silver goblets. The 1896 cognac was saved for the occasion after being passed down from Doolittle. Hundreds invited to the ceremony, including family members of deceased Raiders, watched as the three...(Read Full Post)

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