"Doolittle Raider "Dick" Cole, Doolittle's Co-Pilot Endorses the Petition Apr 3. 2011 | Comments (2)
Today another significant endorsement from someone who left his claim to fame on history as a member of the "Doolittle Raid."
Colonel Richard E. "Dick" Cole, (Signature number 7669) who was the co-pilot of Crew 1 with Jimmy Doolittle at the controls signed the petition today for Audie via snail mail.
Colonel Cole left a nice comment as well and it is easy to see by his comment that he holds Audie in high regard.
I am posting Colonel Cole's bio here, and it is very nice replete with photos from the raid, memorabilia, current family pics, his home, etc.
Colonel Cole holds the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Force Medal, Class A, First Grade.
He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel.
Two of the five remaining "Doolittle Raiders" have signed the petition. Although they are all 'national treasures' Colonel Cole is by far the most well-known as he was; again, the co-pilot for the legendary Jimmy Doolittle in Crew 1 as they departed the USS Hornet in their B-24 Bombers and entered the skies above Tokyo.