Doolittle Raider Dies

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    Nolan Herndon, 88, member of the famed Doolittle Raiders dies.

    AP

    Nolan Herndon, a member of the famed Doolittle Raiders who bombed
    Japan in 1942, has died. He was 88.

    Herndon died Sunday of pneumonia, Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home
    director David Burnett told The Associated Press on Monday. Herndon, a Greenville, Texas native, enlisted in Dallas on July 27,
    1940, after attending two years of college, according to the Web site
    The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders - R.O. Joyce Memorial Site.

    He was commissioned as a second lieutenant about a year later. He also
    graduated from navigator training and completed bombardier training. Herndon participated in one of the most daring air raids in American
    history, when 16 B-25 bombers took off from an aircraft carrier and
    bombed Tokyo on April 18, 1942. The raid, planned by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, was the subject of the book and movie "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and the book "Four Came Home."

    After the raid, Herndon was interned for about a year in Russia and
    returned to the United States in May 1943, where he held several
    assignments until the end of World War II, according to the Web site.

    Herndon retired from active duty Nov. 4, 1945. A phone number for Herndon in Edgefield was unlisted.

    Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday at Edgefield United
    Methodist Church, Burnett said. Herndon will be buried at Travis Park Cemetery in Saluda.
     
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    Thanks for your bravery Nolan. Your victory in the Doolittle raid was the first of many for the US.
     
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    ...and another one gone. :salute:
     
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