Surviving Doolittle Raider To Mark Attack Anniversary In Texas

Friday is the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. (File)

SAN ANTONIO (April 18, 2014) Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, 98, who's among just four surviving Doolittle Raiders, will mark the 72nd anniversary of the war-changing flights at a ceremony Friday in Texas.

Officials with Joint Base San Antonio say Cole is expected to be on hand Friday afternoon for a commemorative toast.

Cole, who lives in Comfort, was among 80 men who risked their lives during the April 18, 1942, World War II bombing mission on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was the co-pilot for then-Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, whose archives are at the University of Texas at Dallas.