For the first time in 71 years, the Doolittle Raiders have granted two very special individuals the honor of wearing the sacred Doolittle Raider’s Crest.
The organization’s own Wes Fields was one of the honored recipients. Up until now, the Raider Crest has only been worn by the Doolittle Raiders themselves and a small group of Honorary Raiders. Fields was awarded the Crest at the last Doolittle Raider Public Reunion that was held in Fort Walton Beach, FL in April.
The Doolittle Raider Crest is a Badge of Valor that unites all of the Doolittle Raiders with a unique insignia commemorating their historical mission. To learn more about this highly honored Crest go to http://www.doolittleraider.com/the_raider_emblem.htm.
While Fields was instrumental in bringing the final Doolittle Raider Reunion “home” to Eglin/Fort Walton Beach this year, he is responsible for contributing years of voluntary service to the Raiders.
Fields has been the main escort of Doolittle Raider MSgt Ed Horton until he passed away. He also escorts Medal of Honor Recipient, Col George “Bud” Day, and other WWII Veterans to events across the USA and world. For 12-years Wes has been the Security Director for the Doolittle “Tokyo” Raiders.
Fields also volunteers many hours to our local community in a variety of capacities. Some of the services he has contributed to over the past 32 years are the Florosa Volunteer Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, American Red Cross (First Aid & CPR Instructor), Auxiliary Trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol and is presently a member of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Posse.
Fields served 24 years in the United States Air Force with 22 of those years on the AC- 130H as an Aerial Gunner. He currently leads the Security Department at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.