- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GARDNER, Kan. (AP) - The 100th birthday celebration for a one-of-a-kind World War II veteran lasted for days.

The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/1OBZ4wz ) reports that Richard Cole’s birthday was Sept. 7. But the festivities revved up last Thursday when the Texas man, who flew with Doolittle’s Raiders, the Himalayan Hump Route pilots and the 1st Air Commandos, received a standing ovation at a Kansas City Royals game.

Friday at New Century Airport in Gardner, Kansas, people purchased copies of a Park University professor’s new biography about Cole.

On Saturday, he climbed into a PT-19 for a flight. He was given a print of his famed B-25 superimposed on a historic front page of the Globe.

Then Sunday, he tucked the key to the city of Olathe into his suitcase and headed home with “wonderful memories.”

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com


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