Doolittle Raiders backed by Senate for Congressional Gold Medal

Within days of the Doolittle Raiders final toast, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring the surviving airmen of the historic bombing raid with a Congressional Gold Medal, according to Sen. Sherrod Brown, who introduced the legislation.

The Senate endorsed the legislation by unanimous consent late Tuesday. The resolution awaits a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Three of the four surviving World War II veterans gathered at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 9 for a final cognac toast to the historic mission that bombed Japan on April 18, 1942, just months after the Imperial Japanese Navy’s devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Eighty Army Air Force airmen flew 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers off the deck of the Navy’s USS Hornet in a daring raid against the island nation.

The legislation to give the Doolittle Raiders the Congressional Gold Medal obtained 78 co-sponsors, or nine more than the needed for full consideration.

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