Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

TURNER on Passing of Final Survivor of Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

Apr 9, 2019
Press Release

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard E. Cole, the sole surviving member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders toasts the fallen Raiders in a private ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on April 18, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement after the passing of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard E. Cole, the sole surviving member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Lt. Col. Cole, the last survivor of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders and a Dayton native. The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders displayed tremendous patriotism and heroism in World War II, putting their country before themselves. I was proud to support legislation to award the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders with a well deserved Congressional Gold Medal, which they received in 2014. May Lt. Col. Cole rest in peace along with his fellow brave servicemen whose goblets have been turned over.”

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