A Humble Hero on Iwo Jima

While on the sands of Iwo Jima last month for the 70th Anniversary, this former P-51 fighter pilot (Jerry Yellin) spoke so eloquently and humbly about WWII that it brought tears to my eyes.

Now 91 years old, he flew off Iwo Jima in the very last mission of WWII, escorting B-29s on their bombing mission.  During this very last mission, his wingman was killed.

Yet, he talks nobly about the nightmares of war and about his own family which now includes a Japanese daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

I hope you will watch and listen to this gentleman.

A cover’s tip to Mustang_USMC.

18 thoughts on “A Humble Hero on Iwo Jima”

  1. That was fantastic, Koji. His “great and sad memories” for what is now his “healing mission” is perfectly worded and expressed. He is both – an Officer AND a Gentleman!

  2. It is well worth just five minutes or so of your time to hear this gentleman. He has all the wisdom you would hope for in a person of his advanced years.

  3. I’m so glad I took the time to listen to this wonderful and inspiring man. I treasure every opportunity to hear stories and recollections directly from a WW II veteran, as we all know that too soon we won’t have living witnesses to that terrible time in our history. He has a strong voice and seems much younger to me than 91. I’m impressed.

    1. I, too, was greatly impressed by this man. Like Old Man Jack, he did what he had to but also learned to forgive. Our country needs many, many more like him now.

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