The article originally ran in the May 18, 2012 edition of the Connersville News-Examiner. Sunday marked the 79th anniversary of Doolittle’s Raid.

By April of 1942, as the United States entered the fifth month of World War II, both its armed forces and citizens were in bad need of a morale boost. Following Japan’s devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, our country was bombarded by continuing bad news from both the European and Pacific theaters of the war.