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Dick Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders, won't be down for chow.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Glockster30, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. Glockster30

    Glockster30 NES Member

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    A true hero. Died today at the age of 103. RIP, Sir!

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    A legend passes: Dick Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103
     
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    God love him! A real hero. May he rest in peace.
     
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    Balls of steel on many levels. [halfmast]
     
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    God bless you sir
     
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    RIP and thank you
     
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    [halfmast] I hope they are all drinking a nice Cognac together once again.



    The whole special cued to Col. Cole's actual toast.
     
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    Rest In Peace.
     
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    R.I.P.
     
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    RIP sir
     
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    I don't buy into the 'Greatest Generation', I don't think everyone who served in the military is a 'hero'. I don't think cops are heroes.

    That said, how that man walked boggles my mind. Any of those guys needed wheelbarrows to move around.
     
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    RIP Sir!
     
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    Thank you for your mission, which contributed to our freedom, sir! RIP
     
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    You're a tough guy to please.
     
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    Not really, I've run into too many of my generation who were at 'the battle of Fallujah', yet get a blank stare when I ask 'which one?'. Too many people running around with Vietnam Vet hats that never were there. I'm just jaded.

    I give absolute credit to the one's that were actually there, like this old timer who I'd have loved to have met and shared a bottle of expensive scotch with.
     
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    It’s fitting that the last one was Doolittle’s own right seater.

    RIP.

    I love the Doolittle Raid because it could never happen now. It was incredibly risky and unsafe on takeoff, and it virtually guaranteed a Chinese crash-landing or a Russian internment afterward. It’s not just these guys who had balls; the bureaucrats who approved the mission had bigger ones than their successors do.
     
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    Was at Wright Patterson Museum and saw the toast goblets. A very moving display. Lots of heroism and historical items here. Worth the visit.
     
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    RIP
     
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    Ironic that it was Col Cole, himself, that built that case so the goblets could travel safely.
     
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    I hear what you are saying and thanks for your service.

    However, your experience shouldn't jade you wrt the Greatest Generation. There are many of us in this forum that had grandfathers, fathers, uncles, and aunts that fought in WWII or worked like hell in jobs at home that helped to win the war. They didn't give themselves the "Greatest Generation" moniker, we did. In addition to the millions that served, tens of millions more worked on the home front in a wartime footing. Because they worked their butts off, leisure time decreased, and they were subject to tight rationing of gasoline, food, and clothing, not to mention that most durable goods such as cars, appliances, etc. were banned from production. In that respect, the whole country sacrificed.

    As for the soldiers, none of them considered themselves heroes. To a man, they will tell you that the real heroes were the ones that didn't make it back home. To us though, they were all heroes.

    I can't envision the present generation of having all these qualities, in addition to having the will to sacrifice like those of the WWII generation.
     
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    My grandfather had 3 bronze arrowheads and a bronze star in the Pacific Theater. He was at one of the 'big ones', not Iwo Jima, but maybe Tarawa, or Guadalcanal? He continued through Korea and retired as a Lt. Col. after Viet Nam.

    My comment is more to hold those who really did something on high than to push anyone down. I never wore a military uniform, so maybe I'm just easily fooled and jaded because of it. It's one of the few things that really get me out of shape, not only the lie to me personally, but the disrespect to those who actually earned it. Those that were there, hell yeah, all the respect, but the vast majority never serve in that capacity, never had, never will. I'm included in the didn't serve, I know it, I don't claim it either.

    The Doolittle raid was a suicide mission from the get go. The planes were too heavy, the wind speeds weren't right, it was a miracle they didn't all nose in at the end of the carrier. Very few people sign up for one way missions, that puts them in a special breed.
     
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    RIP Sir.
     
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    The balls of those men. Not just to hit a base but to go straight at Tokyo. Such a FU.

    In the mid 90’s I was in Tokyo on business. I did look up and think of the B-24’s flying overhead low. I did have a few of old Japanese’s men approach and yell at me. Still don’t know why. I thought of my uncle and my Dad who were WW2 Navy combat veterans. No f’s were given lol.
     
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    That footage is always amazing and inspirational. CBS morning news showed the same old newsreel footage this morning and the info babe announced that 16 B-52s launched off the deck of Hornet. Must have been a sight to see. She also asserted that the raid only served to boost American morale, but in fact it caused Japan to commit more resources to the defense of the home islands.
     
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    Can't disagree at all.

    Agree 1000%.................pretty much the whole country mobilized and sacrificed for the WW2 war effort. Thinking that that could happen today is nothing more than a pipe dream as I see it.
     
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    Can you imagine, close your eyes, the internet going down because power is needed to make war widgets. No TV at night for light discipline. Fast food joints shutting down to conserve rations.

    You might as well envision dogs and cats living together.
     
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    I’ve been thinking about that. We had a whole generation hardened by the great depression.
     
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    30 Seconds Over Tokyo was a great movie that talked about this. Granted, it was very much a propaganda movie, but even so...those guys were complete bad asses. RIP sir. Thank you for your service.
     

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