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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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Click on the following links to read/view some of the media coverage of the Doolittle Raiders Congressional Gold Medal Presentation.

Navy's role in WWII 'Doolittle Raid' honored
April 16, 2015 - PopularMilitary.com

Doolittle Raiders honored in Capitol ceremony
April 15, 2015 - Stars and Stripes

Pilots who led 1942 air raid on Japan receive Congressional Gold Medal
April 15, 2015 - Columbus Dispatch

WWII Doolittle Raiders get Congressional Gold Medal
April 15, 2015 - Dayton Daily News

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders receive gold medal from congressional leadership
April 15, 2015 - Coin World

Ohio Air Force museum director to accept congressional gold medal for WWII heroes
April 15, 2015 - Associated Press

Ohio is honored to host World War II heroes
April 4, 2015 - Columbus Dispatch

Doolittle Raiders Congressional Medal
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.

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Saturday, April 18

10:55 a.m.

B-25 "Panchito" will fly by the museum during a ceremonial flight with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Throughout the Day
James M. Scott will autograph Target Tokyo, and Frank L. Goldstein will autograph The Last Reunion, 71st Doolittle Raiders Anniversary Reunion in the Museum Store.

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. For those who do not have tickets, the ceremony will be streamed LIVE at www.af.mil/live.aspx.
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Two 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
   
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