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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 […]

WWII Veterans Remember The Surrender: Iowa Public Radio

WWII Veterans Remember The Surrender 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 […]

US wartime pilot: How I grew to love Japan

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 […]

Time Travel

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.  […]


Remembering Taro Yamakawa

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. Kaz Ohno, […]