Updated April 17, 2019 to include the death of Richard Cole (died April 9, 2019, age 103) and add Tags.
What started my love for history in general, and military history specifically, as well as reading, was one book. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Captain Ted William Lawson – , one of the pilots on the 1942 Doolittle Raid.
Update: Richard Cole died April 9, 2019 RIP Richard “Dick” Cole, Doolittle Raider April 9, 2019
Amazingly, there is still one living Raider, Richard Cole – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_E._Cole (age 103, born September 7, 1915, co-pilot Plane #1) left out of the eighty (80) who took part in the raid. It was many years later before I knew there was a movie based on the book and decades later before I had a chance to see the movie. I used to own a ship model of the U.S.S. Hornet with the 16 B-25 bombers on it, but it fell victim to a move. I have a new version of the ship that I haven’t put together as I need somebody with better skills at putting it together than I have. A few years back (2014), I found a copy of the 1953 edition of the book on EBay and purchased it. It’s not the same edition I read in Fifth Grade, but it’s close enough since I don’t think much has changed between editions.
Here’s a Wikipedia article about the movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Seconds_Over_Tokyo. You can also visit the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders website: http://www.doolittleraider.com/. It was started by a child of Richard Outcalt Joyce, pilot of Plane #10.
Doolittle Raiders receive the Congressional Gold Medal: https://www.airforcetimes.com/veterans/2015/04/17/doolittle-raiders-receive-congressional-gold-medal/.
I am working on a follow-up article about the Doolittle Raiders that I hope to have out in time for the anniversary of the raid.