General James Doolittle
Name: James Harold Doolittle
Born: 12/14/1896 Alameda, CA
Died: 9/27/1993 (age 96) - Pebble Beach, CA
Place of burial: Arlington National Cemetery
Years of Service: 1917 - 1959
He was awarded the Medal of Honor, and was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General for leading the first carrier-based bomber attack on mainland Japan in 1942. His citation, presented personally by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, reads,in part: "With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or perish at sea, Colonel Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland."
General Doolittle died in California on September 27, 1993 and was buried in Section 7-A of Arlington National Cemetery, with his high school sweetheart, Josephine Daniels Doolittle (May 24, 1895-December 24, 1988).
Twelfth Air Force, Fifteenth Air Force, Eighth Air Force
Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross