A piano burns at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 18, 2019, in memory of retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, a B-25 Mitchell pilot who died on April 9. Cole was the last surviving member of the Dolittle Raid – a bombing mission over Japan during World War II. Cole’s accomplishments were celebrated at Ellsworth AFB on the 77th anniversary of the Raid. Piano burning is a long-standing tradition the military performs to say goodbye to a comrade who has died. It is not only a solemn occasion but also a celebration of a service member’s life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

PHOTO BY: Thomas Karol
VIRIN: 190418-F-JM042-1641.JPG
Additional Details

No camera details available.


Read More

This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at https://www.dimoc.mil/resources/limitations, which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.