CINCINNATI (AP) — More than seven decades after the Doolittle Raiders rallied their nation while stunning another, the World War II heroes will again add to their legacy with a presentation to a museum in Ohio.
The group will receive the Congressional Gold Medal on April 15 in Washington then hand it over three days later to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The gold medal will go on display at the museum near Dayton, joining an exhibit depicting the launch from an aircraft carrier of the Raiders' daring 1942 bombing attack on Japan.
The only two surviving Raiders plan to attend the ceremonies in April. A third Doolittle Raider, Lt. Col. Robert Hite (HEIGHT), died Sunday at a Nashville, Tennessee, nursing facility. Eighty men were on the mission.