The first to take-off of the U.S.S. Hornet on April 18, 1942, is the last to land.
Doolittle Raiders Gold Medal Ceremony
This video was played during the Doolittle Raiders Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on April 18, 2015 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. In recognition of their outstanding heroism, valor, skill and service to the U.S. military during World War II, the Raiders will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal on April 15 by leaders of the U.S. House and Senate. The medal, the highest civilian honor the U.S. Congress can bestow, will be presented to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force by Raider Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" E. Cole during a ceremony at the museum on April 18, the 73rd anniversary of the raid. Raider Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher is also planning to attend. Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1QbXlxd