After the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States was reeling, frightened, and though resolved to win the war, certainly bruised in pride. To help resuscitate the American spirit, as well as prove to the Japanese that not only were they vulnerable, but that they bit off a whole hell of a lot more than they could chew, America needed to show their enemies what the U.S.A. was capable of. In that effort, the Doolittle Raid was born. A sneak attack that involved flying large bombers for the first time ever off aircraft carriers and bombing the Japanese capital, Tokyo, the Doolittle Raid was a daring and suicidally dangerous mission, lead by legendary aviator and giant testicled American airman Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle. Riding shotgun for that mission was Lt. Col. Doolittle’s co-pilot, Lt. Col. Dick Cole. Today, Lt. Col. Cole, now 98-years-old and one of the last surviving members of the raid, did an AMA on Reddit. If you would like to hear the thoughts of an American legend, please continue reading.
On how he was selected for the Doolittle Raid:
Like a fucking boss.
On the difficulty and danger of the mission:
Inadvertently showing off how badass he is:
On an old Doolittle Raider pact:
I hope this man hasn’t purchased a drink since 1942.
Well done Lt. Cole, you’re a hell of an American, and a hell of a guy.