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Local National hero recognized

web posted October 9, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Nolan Herndon, 88, who was a member of the famed Doolittle Raiders that bombed Japan in 1942, died Sunday of pneumonia, Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home director David Burnett told The Associated Press on Monday.

Herndon, a Texas native, enlisted on July 27, 1940, after attending two years of college, according to the Web site http://www.doolittleraider.com.  Two years later he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He also graduated from navigator training and completed bombardier training.

Herndon participated in one of the most daring air raids in American history when 16 B-25 bombers took off from an aircraft carrier and bombed Tokyo on April 18, 1942.

The secret air raid, planned by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, was the subject of the book and movie "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and the book "Four Came Home."

After the raid, Herndon was held for about a year in Russia and returned to the United States in May 1943, where he held several assignments until the end of World War II, according to the Web site.

Herndon retired from active duty Nov. 4, 1945.
 
Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday at Edgefield United Methodist Church, Burnett reportedly said.

The official obituary from the Mercantile Funeral Home stated: Mr. Nolan Anderson Herndon, Sr., 88, of Edgefield, husband of Julia Crouch Herndon, died Sunday, October 7, 2007 in Columbia.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Edgefield United Methodist Church with burial in Travis Park Cemetery in Saluda. Mr. Herndon was born in Greenville, Texas and is a member of the Edgefield United Methodist Church.

He is retired from the Wholesale Grocery Business. He was Veteran of WW II Army Air Corps and he was a member of the Doolittle's Raiders. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Nolan A. (Sue) Herndon, Jr., West Columbia, James M. (Debbie) Herndon, Pawley's Island; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service at the Church Fellowship Hall. Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.












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