Iowa man tells story of Iwo Jima and transformation of his life

PTSD is a grave for a living human being

Luke Jensen had no idea what to do until he met Captain Jerry Yellin, a 91-year old World War II veteran. Yellin had been there and done that since the end of the war in 1945. ‪#‎PTSD‬ ‪#‎WWIIVet‬

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The National WWII Museum Presents New Permanent Exhibit Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries

Photo by Tim Lundin | TDLphoto.com courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation & National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum Presents New Permanent Exhibit Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries

Photo by Tim Lundin | TDLphoto.com courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation & National WWII Museum

Photo by Tim Lundin | TDLphoto.com courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation & National WWII Museum

Photo by Tim Lundin | TDLphoto.com courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation & National WWII Museum"

“Iwo Jima: From Combat To Comrades” Premieres Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, PBS

Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades premieres Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 8 p.m. ET on PBS

Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades premieres Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 8 p.m. ET on PBS

Click this link to view the trailer PART I: Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades premieres Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 8 p.m. ET.

Click this link to view the trailer Part II: Fighter pilot Jerry Yellin recounts how an unlikely event helped him recover from the war.

"Nearly 43 years after I landed on Japanese soil on Iwo Jima, I watched my son marry a Japanese woman".

“Nearly 43 years after I landed on Japanese soil on Iwo Jima, I watched my son marry a Japanese woman”.

“It’s a very emotional moment for me, to think of what I thought then and what I think now about other human beings because we’re all the same.” – Army Air Corps P-51 fighter pilot Jerry Yellin

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Captain Jerry Yellin, One of Seven World War II veterans to lead Dallas Veterans Day parade

Several of the Dallas Veterans Day Parade grand marshals, from left, James Henderson, William Morris Paulk, Will H. Nealy and R.V. Burgin, pose on Wednesday at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. (Rachel Woolf/The Dallas Morning News)

Several of the Dallas Veterans Day Parade grand marshals, from left, James Henderson, William Morris Paulk, Will H. Nealy and R.V. Burgin, pose on Wednesday at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. (Rachel Woolf/The Dallas Morning News)

An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people are expected to line downtown Dallas streets in two weeks to celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who served during World War II, which ended 70 years ago.

The city’s annual Veterans Day parade is scheduled for Nov. 11 and features seven grand marshals: six men and one woman. Their names were announced today and include Romus “R.V.” Burgin, whose story was told in the HBO miniseries The Pacific.

King Moss II, parade committee chairman, said the contribution of these people and their fellow World War II veterans can’t be overestimated.

“These people of this great generation literally saved the world,” he said.

Click the link to read the full article:  Seven World War II Veterans to Lead Dallas Veterans Day Parade

WWII fighter pilot Jerry Yellin, then and now

WWII fighter pilot Jerry Yellin, then and now

 

 

Award winning author, Jerry Yellin, joins fellow veterans on Honor Flight

Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot

Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot

Jerry gets ready to board aircraft.

Jerry gets ready to board aircraft.

Jerry and the Senator pose for photos in Fort Wayne

Jerry and the Senator pose for photos in Fort Wayne

Award-winning author joins fellow veterans on Honor Flight

Yellin is the author of four books; a spokesman for Spirit of ’45, an organization that celebrates the WWII generation; and an advocate for aiding veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. “I hardly could ever go up in a building, a 10-story, 12-story building, without standing by a window and thinking about jumping”.

 

 

Honor Flight includes Jerry Yellin, pilot of final WWII mission

Wednesday’s trip was Yellin’s first Honor Flight to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., although the resident of Fairfield, Iowa, had seen them several times before. The group departed from the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing and Fort Wayne International Airport, which began its life as a military air base during WWII.

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Please click the link below to view the video and full article:

Honor Flight Includes Captain Jerry Yellin

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Pilot recalls last mission, lessons of WWII

Captain Jerry Yellin speaks at The National Press Club in Washington DC

What a day this was!

Jerry speaks to NPC's American Legion Post 20 in the McClendon Room

Jerry speaks to NPC’s American Legion Post 20 in the McClendon Room

Jerry, Ken Dalecki, and WWII friend at the NPC

Jerry, Ken Dalecki, and WWII friend at the NPC

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Jerry is flanked by the US Flag and brothers of the Spirit of 45′. Cole Kleitsch of Walking Civics has the spirit shirt.

Captain Jerry Yellin : The National Press Club

Captain Jerry Yellin gave the luncheon speech in the McClendon Room of The National Press Club on Thursday, September 17th. Jerry spoke about war, peace, and healing.  The event was hosted by Ken Dalecki, Commander of the National Press Club’s American Legion Post 20.

After his inspiring speech, Captain Yellin took some time with Commander Ken Dalecki, and his Chief of Staff Tracy McCormick, to play some tunes on the infamous piano in the club’s canteen.

 

 

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This piano was played by Vice President Harry S. Truman on February 10, 1945, while actress Lauren Bacall perched on top, humming to the music.

Captain Yellin was honored to join the history of The National Press Club. For more than a century, the National Press Club has been Washington’s home where business, news, and social events take place.

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Yellin, Honored by Air Force Association

“Special recognition goes to the national grassroots campaign and the collaborative efforts of many who share a common goal of preserving the legacy of the Greatest Generation which culminated with the World War II 70th Anniversary Commemoration. Their efforts will continue to inspire future generations, especially the youth of our country.” AFA Proclamation

Captain Jerry Yellin, Keeps the Spirit of ‘45 Alive honored by Air Force Association