Alameda in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Jimmy Doolittle Pier – Alameda Naval Air Station
Pier No. 3
At 1000 hours, April 2, 1942, Task Force Eighteen consisting of the USS Hornet, Nashville, Vincennes, Cimarron and Destroyer Division 22 departed Alameda Naval Air Station, Pier No. 3 and embarked on her mission under sealed orders, sailing out of San Francisco Bay in a fog which reduced her visibility to about 1,000 yards.
From the deck of the carrier Hornet, at 0825 hours on April 18, 1942, Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle led a flight of sixteen B-25 bombers on a daring raid over Japan. Hitting targets in Tokyo, Yokohama, and other cities, scoring a huge victory. It was the first allied strike on the Japanese homeland following the devastating attack on Americaís Pacific Fleet.
The Hornetís mission was kept an official secret for a year until then President Roosevelt referred to the origin of the Tokyo raid only as “Shangra-La.”
For the exploit Jimmy Doolittle, a native of Alameda, California born December 14, 1896 was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
by the Native Sons of the Golden West
Clark A. Brandt, Grand President
Native Sons of the Golden West
Erected by Halcyon-Alameda Parlor No. 47, Native Sons of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 37° 46.336′ N, 122° 18.058′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hornet Avenue and Ferry Point on West Hornet Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to Pier 3, next to the USS Hornet. Marker is in this post office area: Alameda CA 94501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Pan Am China Clipper (approx. one mile away); Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad (approx. one mile away); Charles P. Howard Terminal (approx. 2 miles away); Evolution of a Marine Terminal (approx. 2 miles away); History of the Transbay Ferry (approx. 2 miles away); USS Potomac (approx. 2 miles away); Origins of Oakland (approx. 2 miles away); Jack London (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alameda.
Also see . . .
1. James Harold Doolittle. The Arlington National Cemetery biography of Jimmy Doolittle, including photos. (Submitted on March 15, 2010.)
2. The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The son of a Doolittle Tokyo Raider pilot tells of his fatherís experiences and the events of that day. (Submitted on March 15, 2010.)
3. Jimmy Doolittle – Wars and Battles 1896 – 1993. (Submitted on March 15, 2010.)
4. North American B-25 Mitchell. 9,816 planes produced, entered service 1941 (Submitted on March 15, 2010.)
5. USS Hornet - Heritage. (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,561 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on , by Robert H. Follrath, Sr.` of Alameda, Ca, Usa. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.