Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, the Last of the Doolittle Raiders, Dies.

IN REMEMBRANCE…..

My Poetry That Rhymes

On this date in 1942, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle led a raid of 16 B-25 bombers on Tokyo, Japan, launched from the USS Hornet. The raid was in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor some four months earlier. It was the first time B-25s had been launched from an aircraft carrier and many thought it couldn’t be done. Japan thought they were immune to attacks from far-away America and the raid devastated Japanese moral and boosted that of the United States. (See “The Doolittle Raid 70 Years Ago Today” posted on 18 April 2012 at https://mypoetrythatrhymes.wordpress.com/2012/04/.) Lieutenant Dick Cole was Doolittle’s copilot during that raid and the last of the raiders to die on 9 April 2019. This is his story.

The Ballad of Richard “Dick” Cole

Wind was blasting the open hatch.
China was dark below.
The B-25 was out of fuel.
The lieutenant had to go
Out…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 20, 2019, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 102 Comments.

  1. Excellent re-post gp.
    Great writing, told the whole story of in first hand verse, well done and a great tribute to every hero involved in that amazing moment in war history, a great tribute to all.

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  2. I’ve been rereading “The First Heroes,” and i’d been reading some bits about him. Too bad he’s gone. I’d have gone out of my way to meet one the Raiders. Now it’s too late.

    See you on the flip side, Colonel. Save us a seat at the warriors table.

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  3. Forgot.
    I thought the poem was good, like the ending.

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  4. As you know me being a WW2 history buff I´m quite aware of the Doolittle raid and this brave man and the men he lead. Taking off from a B-25 on such a short runway out of a ship…..and knowing that the chances of returning are basically zero takes some…you know what.

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  5. I enjoyed the entire poem, very much. Thanks for linking to it, GP.

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  6. What a wonderful poem

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  7. The last of a very daring and brave group of men.

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  8. Thank you for information, GP! Lets remember him in honour! Hope you had a nice Easter Sunday, and found all the hidden eggs in camouflage too. 🙂 Michael

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  9. Powerful. Wishing you a Happy Easter, GP.

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  10. That was such a much needed success after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Thank you, Lieutenant Colonel Dick Col, and the rest of Doolittle’s Raiders. You almost certainly changed the course of history. America owes each of you so much. May all of you Rest in Peace. Great post GP.

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  11. Nice to see the war captured in poetry form which I found a very easy and interesting read. So many heroes!

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  12. Soon there will be no one left, that will be a very sad day

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  13. Awesome post, GP. They may have flown off the Hornet, but at the time, they said they took off from Shangrila, which is what Camp David was called before Eisenhower named it after his grandson.

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  14. Wonderful tribute. Thank you for remembering.

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  15. Very interesting post. I grew up and lived most of my adult life in Panama City, FL. Colonel Dean Davenport retired to Panama City. He was the co-pilot of “The Ruptured Duck,” the B-25 featured in the 1944 movie, “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.” Col. Davenport was the “military adviser” for the movie, filmed just two years after the raid.
    I was editing an area veterans newspaper back during the 1990s, and we did a feature on the Doolittle Raid, with a focus on Colonel Davenport’s involvement. Small world. Davenport passed away some years ago, but it was amazing to have met the man in person. I had admired Colonel Ted Lawson’s book (he was the “Duck’s” pilot) and the movie based on the book as a young kid. Still do. Thanks for posting this!

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  16. A great poem, and an excellent tribute, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  17. gratitude
    for sharing
    his virtues 🙂

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  18. So glad it could be done!

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  19. That was delightful. Great way to start my weekend.

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  20. Wonderful tribute to a great man. Salute!

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  21. The poem about the flying heroes reads like a powerful ballad in honour of the Dolittle Raiders.

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  22. Glad you viewed that post GP. I felt it really belonged to you when I provided the link.

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  23. Great reblogged. Kind of choked up here…

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  24. A story for the ages. May the good man Rest In Peace. He gave America hope.

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  25. Truly the Greatest Generation.

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  26. A great share GP and a great ballad, I had never heard of this until the Ben Afflek film, which probably didn’t do the guys justice 👍

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  27. I looked at his photograph and yearned to have met this remarkable fellow. Thank you for instilling his life in my mind. 🙂

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  28. RIP Colonel Doolittle. Thanks for sharing this, GP.

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  29. I tried to post comment ‘splendid tale’ on the original, but failed

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  30. A brave man who gave his all ✌

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  31. One of the greatest victories in American military history and restored the nation’s belief in itself for ultimate victory. Signaled the Japs they were going to lose. It changed their strategy too. Would have had better offense if they did not keep so much hardware nearby itself to defend homeland because of constant fear this attack instilled.

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  32. Rest in Peace, Colonel.

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