Submitted by: Karen Evans
Let's not wait nearly 75 years to honor our veterans. On April 18, 1942, fueled by the need for action in the devastating aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. launched a daring and dangerous air raid over Tokyo and a risky endeavor for safe passage of these men. Proposed legislation would now award a long overdue Congressional Gold Medal for Doolittle Tokyo Raiders of WWII.
Only four surviving members remain today and, on November 9, 2013, these aging veterans lifted a final toast to their fallen comrades. Senate passage followed shortly afterward, although the House has yet to extend its own toast from a grateful nation to these heroic men.
It is only fitting that these existing Raiders accept the accolade for the 80 who so faithfully served their country when desperately needed. One would now hope that delays by the House will not impact the presence of the four remaining in honor for all.
Read a Raider's personal account of their perilous training and mission at www.evanskaren.wordpress.com.
About the author:
An advocate for honoring military service and paying tribute to veterans. Former Director of Administration for the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, Project Coordinator for Agon Arts & Entertainment / Laurel Publishing, and independent political researcher published by The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Money Magazine, Worth Magazine, Sarah McClendon Washington News Service, United We Stand America, Texas Business and Texas Watch.
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