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Dick Cole...Last of the Doolittle Raiders Dies at 103


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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."

 

 

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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

 

JD

AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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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!

...and on the eighth day, God created the radial engine...

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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.

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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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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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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Regards,

Charlie

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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?

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