Alameda Journal: Doolittle Raiders to gather for a final toast, October 31, 2013


With their advanced age, the men decided their reunion this past April at Ft. Walton, Fla., would be their last. But they also wanted to formally raise a toast in private one last time.

The upcoming ceremony comes as efforts are under way to salute the Doolittle Raiders with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States.

The raid set off from the former Alameda Naval Air Station and was launched from the USS Hornet (CV-8) , said Bob Fish, a trustee at the USS Hornet Museum.

(The aircraft carrier that took part in the raid was sunk in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands in October 1942; the current Hornet, which was being built at the time of the sinking, was named after the lost vessel).