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Giving Honor



04/18/2013 - From left, retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, retired Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and retired Col. Dick Cole, three of the four surviving Doolittle Raiders, salute at the grave of retired Master Sgt. Edwin W. Horton Jr. April 18, 2013, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., during the Doolittle Raiders Reunion. The reunion marked the 71st anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the first U.S. air raid on the Japanese islands during World War II. During the mission, 16 U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 Mitchell bombers launched from the Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8) and attacked targets in Japan. Eleven of the 80 Airmen who took part in the raid were killed or captured. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie, U.S. Air Force/Released)

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The American public were informed 70 years ago that the Doolittle Raid was launched from the USS Hornet. Prior to that, they only knew that the raiders came from Shanrgi-La. They also learned exactly 70 years ago today that the Japanese had captured 8 men from 2 crews and that some of them had been executed by the Japanese.  Justice was promised, but after the war only five were tried with 4 5-years and one 6-year sentences imposed.
 
The men had steel in their spines and are worthy of our undying national gratitude.  Surprisingly we still produce such men.
 
COL Cole was Doolittle's copilot. LTC Robert Hite, the survivor not pictured was captured by the Japanese.  The picture of him being led blindfolded by the Japanese is well known.
 
For all that we honor these men - what have we done regarding the circa 250K chinese who were killed in the search?  Especially those killed for having been given items (in honest gratitude) by the Raiders as they were being spirited to safety?
 
John,

You've just explained why we haven't taken care of all those Vietnamese and Montagnards who helped us in SE Asia.  We can't help them until we have taken care of the 250K Chinese. They were in line first.
 
Well, I'm sure Dad's North Korean partisans we abandoned in '52 are long beyond restitution. 
 
Heh. I 'm getting more Smedley Butler every year. Without the rank or the Medals. 
 
 I've been fairly strong "Smedley Butler" cynic for several years. The more you learn of US Military History it's hard to avoid.