James Harold Doolittle

James Harold Doolittle (1896 - 1993)

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General James Harold (Jimmy) Doolittle
Born in Alameda CAmap
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Died in Pebble Beach CAmap
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Doolittle was born in Alameda, California. His parents were Frank Henry Doolittle and Rosa (Rose) Cerenah Shephard. Doolittle married Josephine "Joe" E. Daniels on December 24, 1917. Married for over 70 years, Josephine Doolittle died in 1988. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle died at the age of 96 in Pebble Beach, California on September 27, 1993, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, near Washington, D.C., next to his wife.

James Doolittle was the son of an adventurer, so it is natural that he himself would have an adventuress nature. Growing up in the harsh climate of Nome were he built a reputation as a tough boxer, or studying hard in the Los Angeles high school he attended before enlisting in the Flying Cadets, Doolittle was a force of energy and adventure.

Married in 1917 to Josephine Daniels, the couple had two sons. Both would grow up to become military men specializing in aviation.

After serving as a flying instructor during WWI, Doolittle went back to school and earned degrees in special engineering. Continuing his education, he would eventually receive his doctorate of science degree in Aeronautics. This specialty, rate at the time, would lead to a successful career both in the military and civilian world of aeronautics. Doolittle served as brigadier general, major and lieutenant general in WWII.

During the Second World War he would receive the Medal of Honor, the first of many, many honors he would receive in his distinguished career. The Doolittle Raid, the US retaliation of the attack on Pearl Harbor, bears the name of its brilliant Strategist. The history and men of this attack from the USS Hornet is one of the most inspirational stories of bravery I've ever heard.

James Doolittle pioneered many aeronautic feats, and is perhaps the most well known aviation general of our time. From the development of fog-equipment to tactics operations, James Doolittle devoted his life to improving the field of military aviation. In 1985 he would receive the four-star general rank.

James Doolittle died on September 27, 1993 in California.

His funeral account is one that characterized his life in the military and the way he lead. His surviving colleagues were all in attendance, and as the bombers he made so many improvements to fly over it is said there wasn’t a dry eye at the cemetery.

General James (Jimmy) Doolittle was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, next to his wife.


Date: 14 DEC 1896
Place: Alameda CA


Date: 27 SEP 1993
Place: Pebble Beach CA


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On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmy's GGGGGG Grandfather was Abraham Doolittle (c.1620 - 1690) The man was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England and brought the Doolittle name to America his wife was Abigail Doolittle (Moss) (1642 - 1710)

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmy's GGGGG Grandfather was Samuel Doolittle (1665 - 1714) and GGGGG Grandmother was Mary Doolittle (Cornwall) (1666 - 1742)

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmys GGGG Grandfather was Jonathan Doolittle (1689 - c.1759)and GGGG Grandmother Rebecca Doolittle (Ranney) (1700 - 1754)

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmys GGG Grandfather was also named Jonathan Doolittle (1727 - d.) GGG Grandmother Lydia Doolittle

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmys GG Grandfather was Jonathan Doolittle (1758 - 1806)

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmy's Great Grandparents Henry Doolittle, Mehitabel Doolittle (born Nichols)(fathers side)

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmys fathers father was Augustus Albertus Doolittle 1844-1918 and mother was Margaret Hobson 1841-1925 a photo of Albertus -> http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/doolittle/1908_alaska_frank_henry_doolittle_15-9-b.jpg

On May 22, 2014 Scott Little wrote:

Jimmy was born in Alameda, California His parents were Frank Henry Doolittle and Rosa (Rose) Cerenah Shephard. Jamed (Jimmy) died in Pebble Beach, California September 27, 1993

On November 23, 2008 Carolyn Murphy wrote:

It is recorded that James favorite quote was "The mind is a not vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lighted."

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General James Doolittle

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Lt. Gen. James (Jimmy) Doolittle
Lt. Gen. James (Jimmy) Doolittle

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On March 24, 2015 at 19:13GMT Kelly Harris wrote:

Doolittle-1316 and Doolittle-1 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person. could also add me as a trusted. He is one of my ancestors. Thanks

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