Tennessee Society of the
Order of Founders and Patriots of America
Fall 2012 Bulletin
The Society met in Knoxville, Tennessee for lunch. Governor Dick Knight presented a brief program on Doolittle’s Raiders. Governor Knight then drove to Wright – Patt erson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, to att end the 70th Reunion of Doolitt le’s Raiders. Of the eighty Raiders, five are still living, and four attended the Reunion. It was understood that this would be the last reunion, but the Raiders announced that they would assemble next April in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for the 71st Reunion. LTC Richard E. Cole, 97, (then a 1LT) piloted the first of sixteen B-25 “Mitchell” bombers to take off from the short fl ight deck of the U.S.S. Hornet for the “30-second raid” over Tokyo (and three other citi es). His co-pilot was Gen. James (“Jimmy”) Doolitt le (then a LTC).
Deputy Governor Christopher Robbins presented Senior ROTC Awards to Army and Air Force ROTC cadets at awards ceremonies held on the Knoxville campus of the U. of Tennessee. The Society asked COL Jack King Westbrook, a World War II aviator, and the Society’s chartering governor, to sign the certificates, which delighted the recipients. Governor Dick Knight presented a Junior ROTC Award to a worthy cadet at the Sergeant Alvin York Institute in Jamestowne, Tennessee. A photo of that presentation accompanies this article.
Associate Kent Worley, a collector of rare and old books, donated an excellent copy of Benson J. Lossing’s classic three-volume history, Our Country (1888), to the Society. Associate Worley’s son, Christopher Worley, has recently joined the Order and the Society, and one other son is preparing his applicati on.