RIP Richard “Dick” Cole, Doolittle Raider April 9, 2019

Updated with a link to several more Virtual Cemeteries.

I was at home last night when I saw the note on Facebook about Doolittle Raider Dick Cole dying. He was 103 years old and the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders. If you saw my posts What Started My Love for History and Reading – Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Doolittle Raid Anniversary April 18, 1942, read the book Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo – https://www.amazon.com/Thirty-Seconds-Over-Tokyo-Lawson/dp/0743474333/ (not an affiliate link), or saw the movie of the same name – https://www.amazon.com/Thirty-Seconds-Over-Tokyo-Johnson/dp/B004VFONNK/ (not an affiliate link), then you are familiar with the story of the 80 men in 16 B-25s that took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (wreck recently found earlier this year – Wreck of USS Hornet Found). You can also read some of the story on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid. In 2015, the Raiders were honored with the Congressional Gold Medalhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid#Congressional_Gold_Medal. The anniversary of the raid is April 18th. There are several Virtual Cemeteries on Find-A-Grave for the Raiders – https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/917989?page=1#sr-56305660; https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/315611?page=1#sr-56305660; https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/344898; https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/793569. There are a couple of other Doolittle Raider-related Virtual Cemeteries – (Contributor profile) – https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/46633397 https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/822384; https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/822504 (honorary Raiders); and https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/822407 (wives).

He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery – https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil according to those who posted memorials on Find-A-Grave. There is a funeral service schedulehttps://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Funerals/Funeral-Schedule/Daily-Funeral-Schedule – choose different dates to see who is buried on a specific date.

You can view the cemetery on BillionGraves: https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Arlington-National-Cemetery/278163. When I checked Find-A-Grave early this morning, there were three (3) memorials for Richard Cole. When I checked a little bit ago, there were only two (2) memorialshttps://www.findagrave.com/memorial/198217258/richard-e-cole and https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/198232867/richard-eugene-cole (Sponsored by a Contributor; merged into the other memorial). Between the time I started this post and a few minutes ago, the two memorials were merged into the first one.

About ICT Genealogist

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1 Response to RIP Richard “Dick” Cole, Doolittle Raider April 9, 2019

  1. Pingback: What Started My Love for History and Reading – Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo | Ups and Downs of Family History V2.0

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