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USS Hornet Museum Honors Memorial Day

Captain Moon Chin,101 years old, prepares to help commit a commemorative wreath to the water off the stern of the USS Hornet (CV-12). (Action Alameda News)

Captain Moon Chin,101 years old, prepares to help commit a commemorative wreath to the water off the stern of the USS Hornet (CV-12) (Action Alameda News)

The USS Hornet Museum honored Memorial Day today with a presentation and the commitment to the Bay waters of a commemorative wreath off the stern of boat, aided by 101 year-old Captain Moon Chin, a China National Aviation Corporation pilot who evacuated Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle from China to Calcutta after the 1942 air raid on Tokyo.

Boy Scout Troop 247 of Antioch, California, opened the ceremonies with the presentation of the colors, and USS Hornet Museum Chaplain John Berger, CMDR, USN (Ret.) gave the invocation.

Suzanne Taulbee and Ed Roark attended the memorial service; Roark served for four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

“That’s why we’re here to celebrate,” Taulbee said.

Leo and Christine, who did not want to give their last names, brought their two children from Lodi, California to the service today, to get them exposed to some history.

“It’s our first time on this ship too,” Leo told Action Alameda News.

More than 100 people attended the service.

Doolittle’s ‘raiders’ as they are known – 80 men to fly 16 B-25 bombers lashed to the deck of an aircraft carrier – left U.S. Naval Air Station Alameda to bomb Tokyo on April 2, 1942.

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