(from left) Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, Maj. Thomas C. Griffin (deceased), Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher and Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor at the 70th Anniversary Reunion of the Doolittle Raiders in 2012.
Four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, 80 men took off from an aircraft carrier on a top-secret mission to bomb Japan. They were led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, and soon after, they became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Saturday, November 9th, 2013 will mark the last time survivors of the raid will gather together to honor their fallen comrades.
A small group of veterans has been getting some extra attention lately. Their stories have been made into a comic book. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on how it all started.
Charlie Bath enlisted in the Army in 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. For four years, he proudly served as a wire chief in the signal corps. That job involved running telephone wire all over France and Germany. Charlie was the guy who could climb, so that’s what he did – climbed poles, often checking for live wires by hitting them with a wrench.