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Video: ‘Doolittle Raiders’ final toast

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By Doug Powers  •  November 10, 2013 02:16 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Heroes all:

Known as the Doolittle Raiders, the 80 men who risked their lives on a World War II bombing mission on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor were toasted one last time by their surviving comrades and honored with a Veterans Day weekend of fanfare shared by thousands.

Three of the four surviving Raiders attended the toast Saturday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Their late commander, Lt. Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, started the tradition but they decided this autumn’s ceremony would be their last.

“May they rest in peace,” Lt. Col. Richard Cole, 98, said before he and fellow Raiders — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, 93, and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, 92 — sipped cognac from specially engraved silver goblets. The 1896 cognac was saved for the occasion after being passed down from Doolittle.

Full story here.

James Doolittle died in 1993. Five years ago there were eleven surviving Doolittle Raiders. Today there are four.

Below is video from the ceremony:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDKPYpkU5Cg&w=420&h=236]

An interview with Doolittle:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlFAk0NAJko&w=420&h=315]

**Written by Doug Powers

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