Post Eagle Newspaper


Dec 2, 2023

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Letters 4-16-14

World War II Hero
At The Outbreak

Jimmy Doolittle was already one of America’s most acclaimed aviation pioneers. Yet it was on April 18, 1942, as a Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army Air Forces, that he would embark on a mission that would make him a legend. That morning, Doolittle led sixteen B-25 Army bombers, launched from the USS Hornet on a bombing raid on Japan’s mainland. After dropping their bombs, they flew on only to crash-land in China.

It was the first such attack of the war. The raid provided a tremendous morale boost to the U.S. Four American airmen were captured. Three were beheaded; the fourth died in prison after being tortured. Thousands of Chinese were butchered because a few villagers had gone to the rescue of the downed pilots.

For his heroism, Doolittle was awarded the “Medal of Honor”.

God bless America, God Bless our troops, and remember… FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!