Monday, March 30, 2015

Dolittle Raider Dies

Sadly, another of the Greatest Generation has made his final flight
One of the Doolittle Raiders on Tokyo a man named Wallace Hite
Hard to imagine the desperation and despair
When the the B-25s too early took off into the air
Japan seemed invincible and all territories to take
Time for revenge and a no more advance line in the sand to stake
Pearl Harbor and Bataan like 911 were to America a deadly wakeup call
And the need to the forces of tyranny and repression try to stall
More likely than not this was a one way ride doomed to fail
Launched way too early from the Hornet with not safe place to bail
On capture Hite was not beheaded
Only for 40 months imprisoned instead
We have so few moments to honor these few remaining living heroes
That fought on land the Banzais, on sea the long lance and in the air the Zeros
© March 30, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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