Two heroes named Cole were part of the gathering of the B-25 bombers at Grimes Field over the weekend. Although not related, both individuals were recognized for their contributions during the weekend event.
For 75 years, every April 18, people all across the country have recognized the significance of the efforts of the Doolittle Raiders and what they did to boost the country’s morale during WWII. This weekend was no different except the storied past roared to life at Urbana’s historic Grimes Field.
Pilots and crews from all over the country came together one last time to celebrate the Raiders. Organizers and spectators were surprised and honored by the visit from 101-year-old and last surviving Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Richard Cole.
Other less known heroes were also present and no less deserving. Logan Cole, who captured local hearts following the recent West Liberty-Salem School shooting and his family were treated to a flight in the B-25 “God and Country” with the Mid America Flight Museum from Texas, piloted by Scott Glover.
“It was an honor to have the young man on the plane with us and it made our flight from Texas to Urbana all worthwhile,” Glover said.
Information submitted by David Millner.