WWII Veteran Travels To Teach History

Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot

Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot

I discovered this article and simply felt the day after 9/11 was perfect for repeating it.

Retired Army Air Corps Capt. Jerry Yellin is a man on a mission, and that mission is to speak to young people across America about World War II and the futility of war. His life’s motto is, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” and he firmly believes that the young people of today do not appreciate the reality of war and what it was like to fight in one.

Jerry Yellin climbing into a trainer aircraft

Jerry Yellin climbing into a trainer aircraft

Yellin was an Army pilot during WWII [the 78th Fighter Squadron, “The Bushmasters”], with 19 missions over Japan to his credit, but now he is a worried man. In an interview with Channel 12 News, he said, “It’s 2016. 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.”

He fears that young people do not understand how the fueling of hatred over differences plays into the hands of warmongers, “We’re an angry nation,” said Yellin. “We’re a divided nation: Culturally, monetarily, racially and religious-wise we’re divided.”

Yellin has a simple message that he is trying to get across to the leaders of tomorrow. No matter how naive he may sound, he simply wants people to draw closer together, “We all need three meals a day,” he said. “We all need a bed to lie down on. We all need something to do, someone to love and something to look forward to for happiness.”

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)

Ret. Capt. Jerry Yellin attends the 71st Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima, March 19, 2016.

This aging pilot and humanitarian has already spoken to the students at the University of Washington, and he has several other speaking engagements set up. This weekend he will be at the Sioux Airshow, in the Sheehan Mack Sales & Equipment’s tent where he will be very happy to chat to you.

Hopefully, many young people will heed the important message that this veteran carries. All nations need someone to unite them instead of serving up reasons to divide the population against one another.   Yellin said, “I just want (people) to know what the 16 million (veterans) did in World War II and why we did it. There were 16 million of us, now there’s maybe 300,000 of us. Most of us can’t walk and talk, but I can, so I’m doing it.”

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“Telling them the story of World War II — why we fought, and why we can’t fight any more wars.”

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How else can we expect to pay for this war?

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Farewell Salutes –

Richard Alkema – Belmont, MI; US Navy, WWII

Donald Blakely – Woodbury, MN; US Navy, WWII11986973_1183822258300441_3544440820007753006_n.jpgfrom, Falling with Hale

Dorothy Clapshaw – Waihi, NZ; JP # 810166, WWII, Medical ship, Oranje, ETO to PTO

Peter Collins – UK; RAF, test pilot

Arthur Marshall – No.Vancouver, CAN; WWII, ETO, Calgary Highlanders

Thomas Parkhurst – Prague, OK; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 187th/11th Airborne Division

Robert Schaeffer – Allentown, PA; US Army, WWII, MSgt. (Ret. 31 yrs.), Bronze Star

Thomas Wickline Sr. – Hillsboro, WVA; US Army, Korea

Melvin Witt – Muskegon, IL; US Army, Korea

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 12, 2016, in Current News, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. Nice post! We should just respect each other regardless of our races, religions, culture and beliefs. Because at the end of the time, we are all the same human being afterall.

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  2. Seems like we humans seems to forget history too quickly . we just never learn #sad

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  3. Thank god for people like Jerry Yellin. I just hope that everyone is listening. So much that is being said sounds like the politics in Germany in the 1930s. Unless people speak out, we could all slide into nationalistic jingoism… and then war.

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  4. Unfortunately, people realize how Peace is valuable after huge World War. When time passed after war most of the people have been fogetting all that horror and cannot understand what they have. The only people like this one from your interesting post knows, feels and can say to us what Peace means and why we have to save it.

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  5. We need more people like this wonderful man!!

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  6. People know it but never listen and makes also the same mistakes.Hope people learn about it.Let us hope.

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  7. My father-in-law was a prisoner of war during WWII and felt very strongly about the futility of war. Great post.

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  8. All credit to him for his views and for trying to put them across. Sadly, the majority of humans seem to be incapable of learning from history, and love repeating the same old mistakes.

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  9. Thank you, Pacific Paratrooper, again! for finding and posting.
    Here is a view from the other side: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/04/world/asia/retired-japanese-fighter-pilot-sees-an-old-danger-on-the-horizon.html?_r=0

    and: it is the same message.
    Time to heed the Elders.

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  10. Unfortunately, it’s come time for those of the greatest generation to be called home. Their lessons are being lost in the din of social media.

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  11. You can lead a horse to water …

    I admire that man. Good post~!

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  12. Every young person should be required to hear him speak.

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  13. What an inspiring gentleman. There is great value in wisdom that comes from experience and I pray his message is heard.

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  14. You called it right, this was an excellent post for 9/11, thank you. And Captain Jerry Yellin is a great guy, hope people are listening to him.

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  15. I don’t reblog much but I have reblogged this one.

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  16. Reblogged this on LordBeariOfBow and commented:
    I don’t reblog much but this is well woth rebloggig

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  17. I love this article! Educators, parents, grandparents and people allover the world must teach this generation about WWII! And, show examples of freedom vs. tyranny.Fascism and Nazism are sneaky. Great post!

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  18. Thank you, GP, for this thought provoking post.

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    • My pleasure, Don. I appreciate that.
      Turns out I stopped following a person because of this post. Rude language to describe this, their own country. But I won’t fret over it, they were spouting their praise of Colin Kaepernick. I’ll take Capt. Yellin any day!!!

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  19. A great article, with a great message addressed to young generation. Thanks for share! Catalin

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  20. Great post and I also hope that the message gets out there!!

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  21. He is right–that our youth have no idea what ‘war’ means. I barely do. Thank goodness someone is committed to sharing the story.

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    • He is as dedicated to educating our youth just as the flight groups that travel to give demonstrations of the WWII aircraft. When I went to Boca Airport, WWII veterans were there to explain every piece of the plane and what it was like to fight in one. Other vets, I’m sorry to say, were too weak to participate, but sat smiling at the 3 aircraft on the tarmac!!

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  22. Great post!! History does seem to be repeating itself…:(

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  23. What a timely, important message.

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  24. capt. Yellin Is the personification of what it is (or should be) to be human. I hope his message reaches as many young people as possible. Thanks for telling his story GP.

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  25. What a wonderful thing to do. This guy served once, now he’s serving again. I’m impressed.

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  26. Yellin is in such good shape for his age – right on to that and his mission.
    Also – funny seeing the comic with the ads on the tanks – bah!

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  27. An inspirational man, and a worthy mission. Nobody better qualified to spread that message too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  28. He carries a wise message of hope.

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  29. What a wonderful sensible man. Love the cartoon with the tank covered in advertising.

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  30. I like this guy and agree with his message. When we focus on our common needs, it’s much easier to be empathetic with each other, and find solutions to our differences that leave everyone satisfied. It’s the best way I know of for avoiding war.

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  31. Good post and what a guy! He’s right of course.

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  32. I hope people understand. Nice post.

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