Richard Cole

1915 - 2019 (Age 103)




Richard Cole was the last surviving member of the daring Doolittle Raiders who bombed Japan during an aerial raid in World War II. He was one of 80 U.S Air Force personnel who took part in the raid in April, 1942, dropping bombs on 7 cities in Japan. Cole was the co-pilot in the lead B-25 with pilot Jimmy Doolittle that bombed Tokyo. Running out of fuel on their return, they had to bail out over China, and were helped by Chinese troops. The raid did little damage but was a major morale booster for the country during the beginning of the war, occurring only 4 months after Pearl Harbor. Cole continued to serve in the China-Burma-India Theater until 1943. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Thank you for your service and thank you for all you have done for this country. You will be missed and we'll thought of.

I just now discovered Col Cole passing and I am a bit heartbroken. I was blest with the opportunity to share a few moments with Col Cole at the 70th Anniversary Reunion at Wright Patterson AFB and shared a few phone conversations with him before and after that blessed day. Tom Griffin made all of these blessings possible. I was so impressed with Col Coles humility and sense of humor. He was so easy to love. As the escorts were leading the four Raiders into the banquet hall, my friend asked...

Thank you for your service. Im proud that I had the honor to wright a letter to you, and grateful that you wrote back! Dylan

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his contribution to history. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of mourning.

RIP Mr. Richard Dick Cole. I had the honor of meeting him in Oskosh at the fly-in and to the family my sympathies

Thinking of you Cindy and families of Dick. I just wrote a note.

Thank you! God Bless your soul!

Dear Richard, Sam & Family,
The times that I was around your parents, I enjoyed talking to them. Both of them were always kind and made it a point to make me feel welcome in your home. At the time, I didnt know I was in the presence of greatnessjust Richard and Sams sweet parents. They were so humble and unassuming.

I was so sorry to hear about your Dads passing. What a great American icon he was!! He is soaring with the angels now, especially enjoying catching up...

When I decided to join the US Air force, I was astonished and scared about the military life.
I will never forget meeting you in the Joint Base at San Antonio during my training, I hope you will be proud of us the new airmen of USAF because we're very proud of you, say hi to your comrades.
Rest in peace and please take an eye over us!
Above all!