Dayton native now the only living Doolittle Raider

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Doolittle Raiders David J. Thatcher and Richard E. Cole last stood together in Dayton as two World War II brothers-in-arms to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Today, one Raider survives.

Thatcher died at age 94 Wednesday in Montana, after suffering a massive stroke on Sunday, Father’s Day, the Missoulian reported.

At 100 years old, Cole, a Dayton native who lives in Comfort, Texas, is the last survivor of the fabled 80 Army Air Force airmen who lifted the morale of a nation at war.

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