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Another Hero Gone…

(stolen borrowed from Old NFO – because our history IS important!Guffaw)

Another Veteran is gone…
Major Thomas Griffin, a navigator on the Doolittle Raid was called home Tuesday. He passed in a VA home in northern Kentucky at age 96. At the next reunion of the surviving Doolittle Raiders in Fort Walton Beach, where they trained for the mission, they will turn Maj. Griffin’s goblet upside down, and there will be only four left upright.
Maj. Griffin parachuted to safety over China and eluded capture, eventually making it back stateside. He later flew bombing missions over North Africa until he was shot down in 1943, spending the remainder of the war in a German POW camp.
Years ago the President of Hennessy Company presented a bottle of 1896 vintage “Very Special Hennessy” cognac to General Jimmy Doolittle, in honor of his birth year and it was decided that the last two survivors would toast the fallen with it. Due to their advanced age it was decided that they would make the toast this year, before there were none left.
The private ceremony will be attended only by the surviving Raiders, the Raiders’ historian, Tom Casey, manager of the Doolittle Raiders Association, and two Air Force cadets. They will conduct a roll call of the names of all the Raiders, and when Griffin’s name is called, Lt. Col. Richard Cole, at age 97 the oldest survivor, will give a report on Griffin, announcing that he has left us.
At the end of the reading of names, the white-gloved cadets will pour the cognac into the goblets of the survivors, and they will drink their special toast: “To those who have gone.”
The final four survivors are Lt. Col. Cole of Comfort, Texas; Lt. Col. Robert Hite of Nashville, Tennessee; Lt. Col. Edward Saylor of Puyallup, Washington, and Master Sgt. David Thatcher of Missoula, Montana.
RIP Major, know that you were an example to an entire country and gave America hope!
To the Major and his memory!
h/t JP

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


12 thoughts on “Another Hero Gone…

  1. Thanks for spreading the word, THESE are the folks that need to be recognized, NOT the Hiltons/Kardashians of the world…

    Posted by Old NFO | March 9, 2013, 8:01 am
  2. Touching story. Thank you two for sharing.

    Exactly…wastes of skin that try to command attention from the Attention Deficit crowd.

    Posted by KM | March 9, 2013, 9:07 am
  3. Every day we lose more of our hero’s that beat back the tyranny of the axis. Semper Fi.

    Posted by robertsgunshop | March 9, 2013, 11:37 am
  4. We lose so many every day, it breaks my heart.

    Posted by gpcox | March 9, 2013, 1:55 pm
  5. There are so few left, my Dad one of only a couple remaining men from his air base in England.

    Posted by Brigid | March 9, 2013, 5:20 pm
  6. One of the first books I read was “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.” That generation bought us 70 years of freedom.

    Posted by James Sullivan | March 10, 2013, 6:54 am

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