Griffin was a native of Green Bay, Wis., who settled in the Cincinnati area after the war and had an accounting business. He was preceded in death by his wife, and is survived by two sons. Nike Air Max 2016 Volt
Griffin died less than two months from what now will be the Raiders final annual reunion, April 17 21 in Fort Walton Beach, in the Florida Panhandle where the Raiders trained for the attack.
Griffin had joked last year that he hoped to be one of the last two surviving Raiders who would share the final toast in a small gathering, which had been the plan for decades.
His death at age 96 leaves four surviving Raiders.
Griffin died Tuesday in a Veterans Affairs nursing home in northern Kentucky. He was among the 80 original volunteers for the daring April 18, 1942, mission. When they began training, they were told only it would be hazardous, coming in the aftermath of Japan devastating attack on Pearl Harbor and a string of other Japanese military successes.
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needed to hit back, Griffin said in an interview a year ago in his suburban Cincinnati home. The attack on Tokyo, with a risky launch of 16 land based bombers at sea from an aircraft carrier, shocked the Japanese and was credited with providing a major lift to American morale.
Instead, it will be Griffin turn to be honored at the reunion; a goblet with his name engraved on it will be turned upside down. The private ceremony will include only Raiders, the Raiders historian, Casey and two Air Force cadets, there will be a roll call of the names of all the Raiders. When Griffin name is called, Lt. Col. Richard Cole, at age 97 the oldest survivor, will give a report on Griffin, Casey said.
going to be special, Griffin said before the Dayton reunion. can help but think it going to be our last one.
Doolittle Raider WWII vet Tom Griffin dies at 96
had a lot of near misses, when they (Japanese soldiers) Air Max 360 2016 raided places we had been the night before, recalled Griffin, who had parachuted into a tree without major injury. Three Raiders died off China after the raid.
Dates and details will be announced later. For their toast, they will drink from a bottle of 1896 cognac, the year their commander Lt. Col. Doolittle was born.
At the end of the reading of names, the white gloved cadets will pour cognac into the goblets of the survivors, and they will drink their special toast: those who have gone.
CINCINNATI (AP) Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, a B 25 bomber navigator in the audacious Doolittle Raid attack on mainland Japan during World War II, has died.
kind of expected it, because he had gone downhill pretty quickly the last few weeks, but you can never really prepare yourself for when one of these guys goes, said Tom Casey, manager of the Doolittle Raiders Association. Air Force near Dayton, which also included survivors and relatives of the USS Hornet carrier and Chinese villagers who helped the Raiders elude capture. Eight Raiders were captured, and three were executed. A fourth died in captivity. Villagers suspected of hiding the Americans also were executed.
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Casey said Thursday that the Raiders have decided not to wait until there are two survivors to have the final toast. Instead, they plan to have a special gathering later this year to share what will be their final toast. He said because of the advancing ages of the remaining survivors, it was decided to allow all those still alive late this year to take part.
The planes lacked fuel to reach safe bases after dropping their bombs. Griffin parachuted over China after the attack, eluded Japanese capture, and returned to action in bombing runs from North Africa before being shot down in 1943 and spending nearly two years in a German prison camp.
Besides Cole, a Dayton native who lives in Comfort, Texas, the other survivors are Nike Air Max Women 2017
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