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Doolittle Raider Passes

Published Friday July 1


Photo: Alamedasun

USA lost a hero last week when one of the 2 surviving Doolittle Raiders passed away in Missoula, Mont.

David Thatcher’s death at age 94 left only one surviving member of that elite team. 80 Doolittle Raiders boarded the USS Hornet CV-8 in Alameda on their way to surprise Japan. They departed on Thu Apr 2 1942 sixteen days later they were flying sixteen B-25 Army bombers over enemy territory.

Thatcher later received the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Thatcher also received the Famed Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, as well as the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.

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