WWII Veteran Speaks So History Doesn’t Repeat Itself

Captain Jerry Yellin speaking with Japanese students about war and peace

“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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Captain Jerry Jellin

Last U.S. fighter pilot to fly WWII mission to tell cautionary tale to Japan, U.S. youth

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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World War II veteran Jerry Yellin has a new mission: keeping the memory of the conflict alive

Captain Jerry Yellin is joined by his Japanese Grandaughter, Sarah.

Captain Jerry Yellin is joined by his Japanese Grandaughter, Sarah.

Obama’s Hiroshima visit reveals progress of reconciliation, disagreements over history

“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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Obama’s Hiroshima visit reveals progress of reconciliation, disagreements over history

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)

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)

WWII fighter pilot’s Japan experience: From foe to family from The Japan Times

“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

Captain Jerry Yellin is joined by his Japanese Grandaughter, Sarah.

Captain Jerry Yellin is joined by his Japanese Grandaughter, Sarah.

Former U.S. Army Air Corps Capt. Jerry Yellin attends the 71st Commemoration of the Battle of Iwojima on Iwoto island on March 19. | III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE COMBAT CAMERA

Former U.S. Army Air Corps Capt. Jerry Yellin attends the 71st Commemoration of the Battle of Iwojima on Iwoto island on March 19. | III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE COMBAT CAMERA

 

 

Captain Jerry Yellin at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library

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Captain Jerry Yellin at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library

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Captain Jerry Yellin

Sitting In A Cockpit Again, World War II Fighter Pilot Recounts Final Mission

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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Sitting In A Cockpit Again, World War II Fighter Pilot Recounts Final Mission

Captain Jerry Yellin

Captain Jerry Yellin

Captain Jerry Yellin attends the Iwo Jima 71st Anniversary Reunion of Honor

U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Color Guard participate in the 71st Reunion of Honor Ceremony 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)

U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Color Guard

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)

Captain Jerry Yellin

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.

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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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71st Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

71st Anniversary Battle of Iwo Jima

March 14th to March 21st 2016.

Dear Iwo Jima veterans, families and friends: In March 2002, the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, General “Jim” Jones, USMC was so impressed by the solemn feeling of warrior brotherhood expressed by the American and Japanese survivors on Iwo Jima that he decreed the Joint Reunion of Honor would become an annual event. In March 2005, General “Mike” Hagee, USMC, 33rd Commandant, flew all night from Washington, DC to be with the veterans and their families on the anniversary. In March 2010, the 34th Commandant, General “Jim” Conway, USMC, joined us for the 65th Anniversary, General “Jim” Amos, USMC the 35th Commandant attended in March 2014 and last March the 36th Commandant General “Joe” Dunford, USMC joined IJAA on Iwo for the historic 70th Anniversary in 2015 again strengthening the importance of this event for Marines of all eras. Since space is restricted on this “Reunion of Honor”, (because we have to charter a civilian jet aircraft from Guam to Iwo Jima), you are STRONGLY encouraged to get your registration in the mail just as soon as possible. You can change your mind later. However, once the seats are gone, they’re gone! We personally look forward to seeing all of you on the “Black Sands” in March 2016. You will NEVER forget the feeling of awe when the plane sets down on Motoyama Airfield #2, on Iwo Jima. It is an indescribable experience!

Sincere fraternal regards,

L.F. “Larry” Snowden H.C. “Hank” Stackpole N.H. “Norm” Smith LtGen USMC (Ret) LtGen USMC (Ret) LtGen USMC (Ret) Chairman—Emeritus Chairman President

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