BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) – Aaron Cole’s grandfather, Richard Cole, was the last surviving Doolittle Raider. He passed in April.
“You could see, he was very proud of his Grandfather but he took time just to really soak it in. When you lose someone that you love it’s a very difficult process and I think even more when it’s someone that you admire and respect so much,” said Maggie Hartley, the D-Day Memorial Associate Director for Programming and Events.
Aaron’s respect was apparent. He wore his grandfather’s jacket proudly.
“This Jacket is from the raid, this is my Richard Cole. I got patches behind me, said Aaron.”
“It was really cool to be able to talk with him about what he remembered about his Grandfather’s experience,” Hartley said.
Aaron commented, “On Japan. He was crashing his plane and he was bumped inside.”
“We have hundreds of bricks here,” Hartley said. “They sometimes look like names to people but those are family members, friends, loved ones, and making those personal connections that’s what it’s all about.”