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Doolittle Raid

19 April 2009

I am in Borneo heading into the jungles.  Got this interesting email from

Japan’s late-1941 attack on Pearl Harbor left America feeling vulnerable, and Japan invincible.  On April 18, 1942, American pilots – flying from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet – cracked Japan’s confidence.  Led by Lieutenant Colonel “Jimmy” Doolittle, their daring raid on Tokyo was the first WWII strike against the Japanese homeland.  In 1983, U. S. Naval Institute historians recorded a conversation with Doolittle as part of an oral history project.  Until weeks ago, the tapes of that interview sat hidden on a dusty shelf.  Rediscovered and digitized, we’ve posted them so you can hear, in his own voice, the man who made history with the “Doolittle Raid.”


Michael Yon is America's most experienced combat correspondent. He has traveled or worked in 82 countries, including various wars and conflicts.

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