The Japanese surrender in WWII was official with the signing of the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, 1945. But for #JerryYellin the war ended with his last combat mission on August 14th, the same day his wing man, 19-year-old #PhilSchlamberg from Brooklyn New York disappeared over Japan. #Peace #Healing #PTSD #TranscendentalMeditation #Iowa
World War II on August 14, 1945. The day the war ended, I flew the final combat mission of World War II. On that mission, my wing-man , Phillip Schlamberg, was the last man killed in a combat mission in WWII. Today is the 70th anniversary of the end WWII.
Please take a moment to honor the men and women who served our country, and still serve our country.
This is a BBC story of how I grew to love Japan.
August 5, 1945, Iwo Jima. The mission statement told us we would be flying to Japan early the next morning strafing air fields near Tokyo. I never liked hearing about a mission the day before it was scheduled. It disturbed my sleep wondering about my ability to perform and what it would be like, again.
I awakened quite early after a restless night thinking about today’s activities. It isn’t every day that one is scheduled to visit a family cemetery in a foreign country to pay your respects to a former enemy who became a dear friend and a grandfather to my son Robert’s children, Kentaro, Simon and Sara.