Lt. Col. James Doolittle
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Lt. Col. James Doolittle (Character)
from Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

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Pearl Harbor (2001)
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: You know what top secret is?"
Rafe: Yes, sir. It's the kind of mission where you get medals, but they send 'em to your relatives.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Where'd you find religion?
Doolittle Co-Pilot: When you assigned me to this mission, Sir.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: I want you to do me a favor.
Doolittle Co-Pilot: What's that, Colonel?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Pray for both of us.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: That's bull-shit MacCawley... but it's very, very good bull-shit.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Victory belongs to those who believe in it the most and believe in it the longest. We're gonna believe. We're gonna make America believe too.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: You know at Pearl they hit us with a sledgehammer. This raid, even if it makes it through, it'll only be a pinprick... but it'll be straight through their hearts.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: [to his men] Boys, there's a phrase I want you to memorize, "Wo si yi ge mei guo ren.", it means "I am an American." in Chinese.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: I heard what you did.
Rafe: We can explain that, sir.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Explain what?
Danny: Whatever it is you heard about us, sir.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: You mean the hoola shirts you were flying in... or the seven planes you shot down.

[Later after Col Doolittle explains the mission]
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: And I will tell you one thing... leave your goddamn hula shirts at home.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Secretary of the Navy gave me these.
Danny: What are they?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Friendship medals the Japanese gave us when they were pretending they wanted peace.
Rafe: What do you want me to do with them sir?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: We're gonna wire them to the bombs and give them back.

A pilot: What if we have to bail out over Japan?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Well, in that situation, I can't tell you what to do.
Rafe: What would you do, colonel?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: I wasn't built to be a prisoner... so I would have my crew bail out. I'd find the sweetest military target I could and drive my plane right smack into the middle of it and kill as many of those bastards as I possibly could.


Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Gen. James Doolittle: [on the phone] Hello, hello, York? Dolittle. I want you to get twenty-four B-25's and volunteer crews down to Eglin Field as soon as you can. The job'll take 'em out of the country for about three months. Tell 'em it's a secret mission. They won't know where they're going until they get there. Thats's right, volunteers. tell them they're not to talk to anybody. That's an order!

Gen. James Doolittle: [Addressing all the flight crews, assembled in the USS Hornet's briefing room] Lt. Jurika has detailed maps and pictures of cities and specified targets. Mr. Jurika spent a great many years in Japan. I think it might be a good idea if he gave you some idea of what kind of people you're going to run up against in case you're forced down. Mr. Jurika.
Lieut. Jurika: [Lt. Jurika gets up and addresses the men] I was assistant Naval attaché at our embassy in Japan, long enough to learn a few things about the Orient.
Lt. Bob Gray: Just what should we do, Mr. Jurika? How should we conduct ourselves, in case we are forced down over Japan?
Lieut. Jurika: My advice is, see that you're NOT forced down over Japan.