Richard E. Cole graduated from Steele High School, Dayton, Ohio and completed two years college at Ohio University. Enlisted November 22, 1940. Dick completed pilot training and commissioned as Second Lieutenant, July, 1941. He 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.
He was relieved from active duty in January, 1947 but returned to active duty in August 1947. In addition he was an Operations Advisor to Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962. Peacetime service in Ohio, North Carolina, and California. Rated as command pilot.
Dick Cole's War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando