Doolittle Raid Co-Pilot Named Grand Marshal of 2014 National Memorial Day Parade in D.C.
Today, the American Veterans Center (AVC), which represents all who’ve served our country, announced that a co-pilot of the daring Doolittle Tokyo Raid from World War II, Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, will be this year’s Grand Marshal of the National Memorial Day Parade. Lt. Col. Cole is 98 years old.
The announcement comes on the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, which occurred in April of 1942. It was the first air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands, and it demonstrated Japan’s vulnerability and boosted U.S. morale following the attack on Pearl Harbor.