November Doolittle Raiders Program Hits the Target.
Raschke's presentation included "who's idea was it, where did the Raiders come from, what were their targets in Japan, their early discovery while still at sea, what happened to the Raiders following the raid and what impact did the raid have on the course of the war?"
Following the presentation, Raschke displayed an autographed painting of several Raiders and their B-25 aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier "Hornet" in route to their pre-determined launch site. With the help of an audience member, Raschke also displayed the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Raiders on April 15, 2015. The Congressional Gold Medal is only awarded to those "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement long after the event."
Of the 80 brave volunteers who took part in this daring, history making raid, only 62 survived the war. As of this writing, only one member still remains with us, Lt. Richard E. Cole, age 103, Doolittle's co-pilot on Plane Number 1.
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