Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004


Farewell Doolittle Raider

America bids farewell this morning to Travis Hoover.


Ten o'clock, Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, we lay to rest a pilot who made the first bomb drop on Japan after the Pearl Harbor attack. Travis Hoover was a member of Jimmy Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders.

In 1942, four months after Pearl Harbor, the Raiders flew B-25 bombers off the deck of the USS Hornet. The bomb run over Tokyo was one of the most celebrated military accomplishments of early World War Two.

Only 17 of the 80 Doolittle Raiders are still alive.


Colonel Travis Hoover died Saturday at age 86. His decorations included a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and Chinese Army, Navy and Air Force medals.

Thanks for doing what you did for us, Colonel, when America needed you most.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


San Antonio Express-News 1/22/2004
Hoover was pilot of 2nd bomber in Doolittle's Raid

Doolittle Raiders website

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