Richard E. Cole, 0-421602, Colonel
Co-Pilot Crew 1

Graduated from Steele high School, Dayton, Ohio and completed two years college at Ohio University.  Enlisted November 22, 1940.  Completed pilot training and commissioned as Second Lieutenant, July, 1941.  Remained in China-Burma-India after Tokyo Raid until June 1943, and served again in the China-Burma-India Theater from October, 1943 until June, 1944.  Relieved from active duty in January, 1947 but returned to active duty in August 1947.  Was Operations Advisor to Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962.  Peacetime service in Ohio, North Carolina, and California.  Rated as command pilot.  Decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Chinese Army, Navy, Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.

Born September 7, 1915, Dayton, Ohio


Dick Cole family photo Christmas 2008
Jim & Cindy Chal, Elliot Chal, Dick Cole, Caila and Nathan Chal


Pat Jopling, Todd Joyce, Dick Cole, Cindy Chal
Doing photo identification with Dick...


Todd Joyce & Dick Cole doing photo identification...


Thatcher, Horton, Cole and Griffin at the Alamo in San Antonio, 2006


Catherine Casey, Bernie, Ed's son-in-law, Dick Cole, Wes Fields and others at Ed Horton's funeral, Ft. Walton FL, 12/2008


Ed Horton and Dick Cole - Homecoming, Ft. Walton FL, 2008


Ed Horton and Dick Cole - Homecoming, Ft. Walton FL, 2008

Image courtsey of Bernard Selensky

Image courtsey of Bernard Selensky

Submitted by Leah Carter - 67th Reunion in Columbia SC   Submitted by Leah Carter - 67th Reunion in Columbia SC

Submitted by Leah Carter - 67th Reunion in Columbia SC   Submitted by Leah Carter - 67th Reunion in Columbia SC

Submitted by Leah Carter - 67th Reunion in Columbia SC

 

 

 

 

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