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Senate Vote to Honor Doolittle Raiders

Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 10:00 AM EST
WASHINGTON, D.C., (WKRC) -- Members on both sides of the aisle in the Senate find something they can agree on. They vote to honor the members of a historic mission in World War II.

The Senate unanimously passed a measure to award all 80 members of the Doolittle Raid the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal is rewarded to persons who have performed an achievement that has impacted American history.

Just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle raid was a daring mission to bomb targets in Tokyo. It was a big boost to morale in the United States. Says Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, "the Doolittle Raiders were the turning point for the Pacific theater and set the stage for the Allied victory. Of the original 80 Raiders, four survive today. A raider from Cincinnati, in my home state, Major Tom Griffin passed away in February of this year,  the very night I introduced S381. Like our veterans past and present, he asked for nothing. These veterans served simply because their nation asked."

The bill to honor the Doolittle Raiders now goes onto the House.Senate Vote to Honor Doolittle Raiders


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