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Richard "Dick" Cole, Last World War II's ‘Doolittle Raider’, Dies At Age 103

Mahammad Arsad shekh Wed Apr, 2019

Richard "Dick" Cole, the retired Air Force Lt. Col. who was the last surviving member of World War II’s Doolittle Raiders, has died. He was 103.

The president of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association confirmed the sad news to The Air Force Times. He reportedly passed away surrounded by his son and daughter on Tuesday, April 9, in San Antonio.

Dayton, Ohio native Richard was the co-pilot of mission commander Jimmy Doolittle in the 1942 bomb attack five months after the Japan attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Raiders were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for their heroism, service, valor and skill in 2015.

The Raiders, including Richard, were helped by Chinese partisans but seven crewmembers died; three of them were killed during the mission; three were captured and executed while the remaining one died in captivity.

A book his service, "Dick Cole’s War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando a.k.a.American Military Experience was published in 2015.

A memorial service for the late Air Force Lt. Col. is set to be held at Joint Base San Antonio. He will reportedly be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Rest In Peace Richard Cole!

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