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Old 11-09-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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The final toast by the Doolittle Raiders is going on now. You can view the proceedings online here.

http://www.af.mil/live.aspx

I sure wish my high school teacher at Columbia High, Horace Crouch, who was part of this squadron, was still with us and could be there, but he passed away back in 2005.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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The final toast by the Doolittle Raiders is going on now. You can view the proceedings online here.

http://www.af.mil/live.aspx

I sure wish my high school teacher at Columbia High, Horace Crouch, who was part of this squadron, was still with us and could be there, but he passed away back in 2005.
What an amazing group of men.

Sorry if this is a dumb question, why is it the last one? Looks like three of them are left, are they just going to stop it now and not when none of them remain?
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:32 PM   #3
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What an amazing group of men.

Sorry if this is a dumb question, why is it the last one? Looks like three of them are left, are they just going to stop it now and not when none of them remain?
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After Thomas Griffin of Cincinnati died in February at age 96, the survivors decided they would gather this autumn for one last toast together instead of waiting as had been the original plan for the last two survivors to make the toast.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz2kCCgTWbY


They're making the toast with cognac from 1896, which is Col. Doolittle's birth year.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:41 PM   #4
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God Bless them and what they did.
Truly courageous men all.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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The surviving members had originally planned for the last two to split the cognac, but they decided that as they are all in their 90s now, and do not know how much longer they will be around, they decided to go ahead and make their final toast now.

It was also planned that the toast with the special cognac would be the last time they would gather officially for a reunion. The toast we saw tonight has always been held behind locked doors with only the raiders present.
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I was at Pearl Harbor yesterday. Such a surreal place to be. These guys are true heroes.
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Military friendships last a lifetime. I can't imagine the bond these great men had between themselves. I thank each one not only for what they've done for our country, but also the example they've set for the rest of us.
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