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#1 Garandomatic

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:05 AM

One of the most amazing moments of my life was meeting him and thanking him for what he did.  He laughed and said "Blame it on Jimmy."

 

 



#2 Garandomatic

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:05 AM

Here's a story. https://www.nwfdaily...e-passes-at-103



#3 bobgee

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:19 AM

A great American hero. Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot on the Tokyo Raid and the last survivor. R.I.P. LtCol. Cole.



#4 Thor996

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:00 AM

A great American hero. RIP.



#5 rosieres64

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:35 AM

RIP



#6 Pudgy (V)

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:46 AM

RIP!!!



#7 JDK

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:48 AM

The last of many great men that served on that historic raid! Blue skies! Sad to think that none remain alive. 

 

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 02:18 PM

Sad to hear this.  A whole generation of heroes are quickly slipping away.  Bless you sir!



#9 B-17Guy

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 02:24 PM

He was an amazing guy.
I had the privilege to meet him a number of times.
Funny thing is, we never spoke about his WWII exploits...we always ended up talking about the B-25 and what a truly wonderful airplane it is to fly.
He was an absolutely wonderful guy and he will be missed.
You just thought he would live forever.
Blue Skies Mr. Cole!

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 03:02 PM

I know what you mean.  I was the same way with Ted Paluch.  I knew about the Malmedy Massacre, no need to make an old timer relive it.  It was awesome enough to just shake his hand.



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 04:29 PM

Most of the guys I have known who were really in it, rarely talked about the bad stuff or the things they did in combat. Food, friends, places, equipment, fun things, but rarely the bad stuff.   



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 07:11 PM

Colonel Doolittle's crew.  Lt. Richard Cole is in front on the right, with Doolittle to the left in front.  They flew the first B-25 off of the deck of the Hornet.  Extraordinary men, peerless aviators, great Americans all.

 

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 03:12 PM

A great airman and veteran. Question - in the recent photo of him, he is wearing what looks like mini USN pilot wings on his lapel. Any idea why those instead of USAAF?

#14 katieony

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 03:51 AM

Very sad to hear of his passing...RIP.



#15 sundance

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 07:45 PM

May he rest in peace. Now all the raiders are together again.



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 04:01 AM

Rest in peace Col. You earned it. Salute !

 

 

 

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#17 Burning Hazard

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:26 PM

Retired in 1966.

 

Passed away in 2019 at 103 years.... wow

 

RIP 



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:37 AM

Met him at the SOS a few years back, great guy




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