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Doolittle Raiders Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony Doolittle Raiders Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

In recognition of their outstanding heroism, valor, skill and service to the U.S. military during World War II, the Raiders will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal on April 15 by leaders of the U.S. House and Senate.

The medal, the highest civilian honor the U.S. Congress can bestow, will be presented to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force by Raider Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" E. Cole during a ceremony at the museum on April 18, the 73rd anniversary of the raid. Raider Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher is also planning to attend.
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March 23, 2015 - Coin World

Gold Medal Ceremony for Doolittle Tokyo Raiders
March 19, 2015 - Speaker of the House John Boehner's Press Office
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Friday, April 17, 2015
4 p.m.

The Air Force Museum Theatre will show "The Doolittle Raid: A Mission that Changed the War" movie, with guest speaker Cindy Chal, daughter of Cole. Click here for more information.

Time to be determined
Book signings by author Stan Cohen and others in the Air Force Museum Gift Store

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Saturday, April 18
4 p.m.

The Air Force Museum Theatre will show "The Doolittle Raid: A Mission that Changed the War" movie, with guest speaker Cindy Chal, daughter of Cole. Click here for more information.

6 p.m.
The Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony will take place at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Public interested in attending the ceremony and reception can purchase tickets through the Air Force Museum Foundation beginning at 9 a.m. on March 24. Only 400 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No phone or walk-in orders will be accepted.

Time to be determined
Book signings by author Stan Cohen and others in the Air Force Museum Gift Store
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Three of the 80 Doolittle Raiders are still living:

Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole
Co-pilot of Crew No. 1
Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher
Engineer-gunner of Crew No. 7
Lt. Col. Robert Hite Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite
Co-pilot of Crew No. 16

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