Obit Last Doolittle Raider

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Dick Cole, stands in front of a B-25 at the Destin Airport in Destin, Fla. before a flight as part of the Doolittle Raider 71st Anniversary Reunion. Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, has died at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103. A spokesman says Cole died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP, File)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Hundreds of airmen will line the main entrance of a U.S. Air Force base in San Antonio to salute as the family of the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders arrives for his memorial service next week.

The Air Force released details Friday for the April 18 memorial at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole. He died on Tuesday in San Antonio at the age of 103.

The day of the memorial also marks that 77th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid during World War II. On April 18, 1942, Cole was mission commander Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot in the U.S. attack on Japan less than five months after the December 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The Ohio native will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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