Monday, January 4, 2010

A true hero passes

Godspeed Lt. Colonel James “Herb” Macia Jr.

Your mission brought hope to the United States in one of its darkest hours.

Macia was a navigator in WWII's Doolittle raid
By Michele Gualano - Express-News

In April 1942, just four months after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military launched a retaliatory attack against Japan, sending 16 B-25 bombers on a one-way mission from the USS Hornet.

The Doolittle Raid, named for its commander, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, was the first U.S. strike against targets on the Japanese home islands.

The mission was aimed at lifting America's morale, and showed that the United States was capable of bringing the war to Japan.