Last raider standing at 103

With his head bent down from the toll of his 103 years on this earth and with his mind sharp as a tack and with his humor and wit intact, Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. “Dick” Cole, recounted his participation in the Doolittle raid to attendees at the WWII Museum’s Air, Sea and Land Festival in New Orleans Saturday.

Cole recounted his time in the Army Air Corps and the events that led up to the Doolittle Raid of Tokyo April 18, 1942, four months and nine days after. Cole answered questions posed to him by professional air show announcer Luke Carrico.

Volunteers of the Doolittle raid had very little information beforehand. Cole replied, “There was no bad feeling about that. The whole group volunteered, even the group commander and we were happy to do so because that was our job.”

Read the full article in the Oct. 18 issue of Navarre Press.

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