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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Richard E. Cole
Doolittle's Tokyo Raid left a legacy of bravery that, even 70 years later, continues to inspire.
The roar of B-25 bomber engines still echoed overhead as 96-year-old Richard E. Cole slowly walked to the podium Wednesday afternoon.
The annual reunion celebration, Mr. Cole said, isn't just an opportunity for the survivors to relive the grand sortie; it's also a solemn occasion, one that brings fond memories of friends rushing back to their minds.
We had no realization of the positive effect of our mission," said Mr. Cole, his voice cracking while a worn blue baseball cap shielded his eyes from the blazing sun. "We're grateful we had the opportunity to serve, and mindful that the nation benefited from our service."