AS WE OBSERVE VETERANS DAY NOVEMBER 11, let us celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. Let us remember with gratitude those who made the greatest sacrifice, their lives, for our freedom and democracy. Let us openly and genuinely extend our appreciation to those in our families, our communities and around the country, who have given of themselves so that we may live in a better country. ¦
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BY GLENN MILLER • FLORIDA WEEKLY CORRESPONDENT
“It’s 2016,” he said. “I’m 92 years old. I’m reading the same headlines in the newspaper about race, religion, terrorism and killing people for (beliefs) that I read when I was 12 years old in 1936. It’s no different.” -Jerry Yellin
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As Hawaii prepares to mark 75 years since Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into the war in December, Yellin is reaching out to children to tell his tale.
Popularly known as the fighter pilot who flew the last combat mission of the war, Yellin, at the age of 92, remains a captivating storyteller.
“I’m just an ordinary man who’s had an extraordinary experience in life,” he told The Japan Times in an interview in Tokyo last week.
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“Had we had more bombs, we would’ve considered using them to bomb them till they said that that’s enough. It took till Aug. 15 to make the (surrender) announcement,” he said. “We wanted to get it over with and go home.” Captain Jerry Yellin via The Japan Times
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“The long and circuitous life of 92-year-old World War II veteran Jerry Yellin reads like a work of fiction.” Jesse Johnson, The Japan Times
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Jerry Yellin, a veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima , answers questions on March 19, during the 71st Reunion of Honor Ceremony at Iwo To, Japan. The ceremony gathers surviving veterans, their families and active duty service members of both nations to reflect on 71 years of peace and prosperity between the U.S. and Japan alliance. Click to view video: Interview With Jerry Yellin
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Military history was on the tarmac at Dallas Love Field over the weekend: a vintage aircraft that has seen its share of battles.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum featured Wings of Freedom, a display in the midst of a national 110-city tour, and the bombers and fighter aircraft that came with it.
Standing among the history was a man who remembers it well. Capt. Jerry Yellin, 92, was a fighter pilot in World War II.
On a sunny Easter afternoon, he was reacquainted with the type of plane he flew during the war, the P-51 Mustang.
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Retired U.S. Army Air Corps Capt. Jerry Yellin attends the 71st Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima at Iwo To, Japan, March 19, 2016.
The Iwo Jima Reunion of Honor is an opportunity for Japanese and U.S. veterans and their families, dignitaries, leaders and service members from both nations to honor the battle while recognizing 71 years of peace and prosperity in the U.S. – Japanese alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Juan Esqueda / Released)
In 1942, two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Captain Jerry Yellin volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday. Jerry graduated from Luke Air Field as a fighter pilot in August of 1943. He spent the remainder of the war flying P-40, P- 47 and P-51 combat missions in the Pacific with the 78th Fighter Squadron.
Captain Yellin participated in the first land-based fighter mission over Japan on April 7, 1945. He also has the unique distinction of having flown the final combat mission of World War II on August 14, 1945 – the day the war ended. On that mission, his wing-man, Phillip Schlamberg, was the last man killed in combat during WWII.
After the war, Jerry went on to write about his experiences during World War II and is the author of numerous books including Of War and Weddings, The Blackened Canteen, The Resilient Warrior, and The Letter. His books can be purchased through his website: www.captainjerryyellin.com
Jerry is currently working on a feature film about his life titled “The Last Man Standing.” This documentary will explore Jerry’s experiences coming to terms with the War and his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Currently in production, the film will be submitted to various film festivals including Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
On June 23, Jerry’s wife Helene recently passed away after 65 years of marriage. They had four children together. Jerry currently resides in Orlando, Florida.
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