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Pearl Harbor attack still remembered

Dec 07, 2017
The Washington All-Veterans Memorial honors the service of area veterans.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time, the United States Naval Base located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service. The surprise attack came as a shock to the American people and led directly to U.S. involvement in World War II.

The base was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships harbored at the base were damaged, with four sunk. All but the USS Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. Important base installations such as the power station, dry dock, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section), were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 64 servicemen killed. One Japanese sailor, Kazuo Sakamaki, was captured. Over the next seven hours there were coordinated Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines, Guam and Wake Island and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The attacks took place before any formal declaration of war. The following day, the U.S. declared war on Japan.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the citizens of the United States who were killed in the attack.

On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On Pearl Harbor Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. Military and naval forces in Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday — government offices, schools, and businesses do not close.

When Cheyenne (Cuddeback) Miller took the podium during the Veterans Day observance at Blair House, she recognized several local veterans and the part that Pearl Harbor played. She said local veteran Bob Flynn was at Pearl when it was attacked. Veteran George Rhode was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO., when it was attacked and was given a rifle and assigned to watch the sky for enemy planes.

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An Evening with Lonestar

Sat, Feb 17 | 7:30 PM
Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, LONESTAR has amassed 10 million albums sold since their national rise to stardom in 1995.

Back with lead singer Richie McDonald and all original bandmates, Lonestar's career achievements consists of 10 number one hits including "Smile," "What About Now," "I'm Already There," "My Front Porch Looking In," "Mr. Mom," "Tell Her," "Let's Be Us Again," "No News," "Come Crying To Me," and their crossover smash "Amazed," which was also number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Coming off their 20th anniversary tour, Lonestar released their 10th studio album, a tip of the hat to the group's longevity in country music. The iconic group brings the sound track of life, the ballads, the songs of letting go and hanging on, going out and having fun and a few to inspire to the Sondheim stage. You'll be amazed.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Dec 22, 2017 12:16

Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot, dies at 93

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Dec 22, 2017
Jerry Yellin

Longtime Fairfield resident and Army Air Corps Capt. (Ret.) Jerry Yellin died Thursday at age 93.

The Washington Post announced Yellin’s passing, which was confirmed on his official website captainjerryyellin.com.

Yellin’s Facebook page posted the following message Thursday: “Today, our dear Captain Jerry Yellin completed his 20th mission, as he called it. Two months shy of his 94th birthday and after a long, powerful and inspiring life, he was ready to leave his body. He will be dearly missed by so many of us. May you rest in peace, dear friend.”

Yellin held the distinction of flying the final combat mission of World War II on Aug. 14, 1945.

According to his website, Yellin was born and raised in New Jersey. He enlisted in the military two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He flew P-40, P-47 and P-51 combat missions in the Pacific theater with the 78th Fighter Squadron.

Yellin participated in the first land-based fighter mission over Japan a few months earlier April 7, 1945. On the last mission of the war, Yellin’s wingman Phillip Schlamberg was killed, making him the last man killed in a combat mission during World War II.

His website states he struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, wondering why he survived when so many of his fellow soldiers died.

“Then it was over. One day, a fighter pilot, the next a civilian. No buddies, no airplane, nothing to hold on to, and no one to talk to,” Yellin wrote on his website. “The Army Air Corps had trained me and prepared me to fly combat missions, but there was no training on how to fit into society when the war was over and I stopped flying.”

Yellin wrote that the feeling of hopelessness and restlessness lasted until 1975, when he began practicing Transcendental Meditation. Helping others overcome PTSD became his life’s work. He traveled the globe sharing his story and helping a new generation of veterans overcome their symptoms.

In 1988, his youngest son married the daughter of a Japanese Kamikaze pilot, which Yellin said “took me from hatred to love.”

“I have three Japanese grandchildren,” he said. “I’d like their contemporaries to know that my grandchildren’s grandparents served their countries with honor. No matter what we learned about the Japanese, or what they learned about us, we are not what we believe. We are all human beings.”

Yellin wrote four books, “Of War and Weddings,” “The Blackened Canteen,” “The Resilient Warrior,” and “The Letter.” He was the subject of the 2016 documentary “Last Man Standing,” by director Louisa Merino. That same year, Yellin received the Silver Service Medallion from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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