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Came across this and thought I would post here since the "historical context" forum is coming back here anyway.

Last Reunion of the Surviving Doolittle Raiders

One more sign that time marches on and so are all those old heroes.

I'm glad that three of the remaining four were able to meet. And one even flew and landed a vintage B-25 on Tuesday.



Taking to the skies: Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Dick Cole flies a B-25 over Destin on Tuesday as part of the reunion



Doolittle Raiders (from left) Lt. Col. Dick Cole, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher and Lt. Col. Edward Saylor answer questions from the media and the public about the Doolittle Tokyo Raid on Wednesday

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The Shangri-La raid wasn't just a morale exercise. It diverted resources from the Japanese war effort. Units which could have been used for offense (humming along swimmingly in April 1942) were used to defend Japan instead. Of course, having disturbed the hornet's nest, the Americans stayed away for a few more years.
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Eighty brave airman took off from the pitching deck of USS HORNET. 62 survived the war. Four are left, and three made it to this last reunion. We should all take a moment to remember these men and their heroism.

**SALUTE**
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