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Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle
Transcript of Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle
Introducing Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle
Before James H. Doolittle was a Lieutenant Colonel he was a junior at the University of California. He entered the Air Force during World War I. He left the Air Force before World War II but returned when the war started. James, or "Jimmy", was a skilled pilot, aeronautical engineer and a military strategist.
In our opinions, courage is being brave when everybody else is frightened. Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle had no choice but to show courage when the whole country looked upon him to decide how to lead the attack against Japan. Since Doolittle was a military strategist he had to devise America's plan of action, and see that the plan was a success.
Honor is being a leader, or being someone people look to with respect. James already held a lot of respect in the Army for being the first man to fly with no instruments. But now, America was under attack, World War II was starting, and we needed a hero. James stepped up for the task. Everyone knew there was only one man for the job, and that was Doolittle.
James demonstrated his love for his country through countless efforts to help our military. In 1917 Doolittle became a cadet in the Army. IN 1922 he became the first person to fly coast to coast (Florida to California) in under 24 hours. Doolittle later became known for setting air race records and inventing instruments to help pilots in bad weather conditions. In 1940 he was asked to lead the first raid on Japan's mainland. If patriotism is showing dedication and love for your country, I think Doolittle passes.
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The exact definition of citizenship is the status of a citizen with rights and duties. We believe that James knew he had a duty to fulfill for his country. Otherwise he wouldn't have lead a practically suicidal mission to bomb Japan's mainland. At that time, Japan's defense along the mainland made it almost invulnerable to air strike attacks. James did it anyway, and not only that, but they successfully dropped four bombs.