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Maj. Thomas Griffin, a navigator during the historic Doolittle Raid of World War II who later survived nearly two years in a Nazi prison camp, died Tuesday at a Veterans Administration nursing home in Cincinnati. He was 96 and is survived by two sons.
The five remaining survivors of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders — the daring crew that led America's first military strike against the Imperial Japanese homeland, four months after the infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor — recognize their prominent place in history seven decades later.
For those who lived through it, Hollywood's most recent depiction of the Doolittle raid completely bombed.
"I like to talk about it. There's a few listeners around," said Edward Saylor, 92, the engineer-gunner on plane No. 15, the second-to-last to take off from the deck of the USS Hornet.
Mr. Saylor said he regularly accepts invitations to speak to civic groups and high school assemblies about the mission.