Local World War II vet passes away

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October 8, 2007

EDGEFIELD, S.C.---Family and friends are mourning the loss of Nolan Herndon, one of the famous Doolittle Raiders of World War II. Herndon, who lived in Edgefield, died yesterday in Columbia at 88.

A few months after Pearl Harbor, he was a navigator and bombardier in the Army Air Corps group that flew off an aircraft carrier to bomb Japan. The mission was a huge morale boost for the country in the early days of World War II.

Herndon's plane ended up in the Soviet Union, and he was held for a year.

He'd lived in Edgefield for over half a century.

Herndon's funeral is at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon (October 10) at Edgefield United Methodist Church. The burial will be in Saluda.

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