Jerry’s Last Mission was not just in WW2; he later helped bring peace to today’s troubled veterans

This week, Nov 9-13, 2020, is ‘Jerry Fest’, a 5-Day free, Sneak-Peak Screening and Virtual Celebration of Veteran’s Day, honoring the life of Jerry Yellin with the release of a new documentary film, ‘Jerry’s Last Mission’.

Here is a press release that was sent out announcing this week’s activities: Ed Cunningham Announces David Lynch Foundation and Regnery History to Host ‘Jerry Fest’. 5-Day Virtual Festival Celebration of Veteran’s Day and WW2 Fighter Pilot will include free screenings of the Feature Documentary ‘Jerry’s Last Mission’ and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.

The two virtual Q&A sessions take place on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 pm ET hosted by Regnery Publishing, and on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8 pm ET hosted by the David Lynch Foundation. Both will include Yellin’s family, producers Ed Cunningham and Melissa Hibbard, and director Louisa Merino. Check the film’s website for zoom links. 

The film’s website is www.jerryslastmission.com and the social media addresses are facebook.com/jerryslastmission, @jerrys_last_mission_film on Instagram and @jerrylastmiss1 on Twitter. The film’s distribution rights are represented by Scott Kaplan of Domino Content (www.dominocontent.com).

The NJArts wrote a great article about the film in time for Veteran’s Day: War and inner peace: Moving documentary ‘Jerry’s Last Mission’ available for free viewing. [PDF] Here’s the film’s trailer.

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, a young Jerry Yellin signed up to become a fighter pilot. He flew P-51 missions over Iwo Jima, including the last official bombing raid of the war over Japan. He was the only one left in his squadron to survive. He returned home a hero, but suffered for decades from what is now known as PTSD. Thanks to his wife, Helene, Jerry learned the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, which transformed his life.

Decades later, when Jerry heard about the high rate of suicides among today’s veterans, he inspired the David Lynch Foundation to start Operation Warrior Wellness, which provided scholarships for veterans and their families to learn Transcendental Meditation.

So Jerry’s last mission was not only at the end of WW2, but also decades later during the latter part of his life, when he made it possible for American veterans of foreign wars to heal their PTSD by learning TM.

Last year The Fairfield Ledger published this 2-page cover story: Jerry Yellin laid to rest with full military honors. See more stories on this blog.

Just found another great report on the film, this one by News 12 The Bronx: Hate turns to love: ‘Jerry’s Last Mission’ tells the story of WWII veteran coping with horrors of war. The story of a World War II fighter pilot from New Jersey who flew the last combat mission over Japan is now the subject of a new documentary film – “Jerry’s Last Mission.”

I cropped a photo of Merino and Yellin from this excellent TV news story.

Director Louisa Merino and Jerry Yellin

Additional news coverage

In addition to the NJArts and Bronx News 12 reports, these new articles came out: Baristanet: Limited Pre-Screening of ‘Jerry’s Last Mission’ Will Honor New Jersey WWII Veteran, and this comprehensive article by Claire Barrett, who interviewed Louisa Merino and Michael and Steven Yellin for The Army Times, Observation Post: ‘Jerry’s Last Mission’: How WWII’s last combat pilot became a lifelong testament of the human spirit. Steven Yellin was also interviewed by KTVO-TV3’s Beth Waldon: New film helps Fairfield man understand father’s fighter pilot experiences in WWII. Click the title to see a video of the full report with the news anchor’s introduction and conclusion to Beth’s report embedded here.

This article, with photos from Michael Yellin, came out November 24, 2020: Montclairian’s father, Jerry Yellin, a WWII hero.

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4 Responses to “Jerry’s Last Mission was not just in WW2; he later helped bring peace to today’s troubled veterans”

  1. Jerry Yellin laid to rest with full military honors | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] Newly added on Veteran’s Day 2020: Jerry’s Last Mission was not just in WW2; he later helped bring peace to today’s troubled veter…. […]

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  2. Craig Says:

    Listen to my story about Jerry Yellin: “War and Peace Heroes” https://soundcloud.com/enlightenment4all/war-and-peace-heroes

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  3. Douglas Rexford Says:

    Hey Ken,

    Thanks for the link to *Jerry’s Last Mission*. Great stuff.

    You may also be interested in an excellent podcast interview with MIU graduate and former Purusha, Tony Lakos. He is a very impressive Governor in Hansa (Hungary). His presentation is magnificent. You may want to share.

    Lakos Antal wrote:

    Just a few weeks ago I initiated a Norwegian businessman in Budapest. I did not know he is so famous (1M followers on Insta). He liked TM so much, he wanted to do a podcast quickly. So it turned out to be a 1h interview. We talk a little bit about TM, education, and one story with Maharishi: https://youtu.be/mtAncdJ6AJs

    On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 11:55 PM The Uncarved Blog wrote:

    > Ken Chawkin posted: ” This week, Nov 9-13, 2020, is ‘Jerry Fest’, a 5-Day > Virtual Celebration of Veteran’s Day, honoring the life of Jerry Yellin > with the release of a new documentary film, ‘Jerry’s Last Mission’. Here is > a press release that was sent out announcing this w” >

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  4. Ken Chawkin Says:

    Thanks for the link, Doug. I met Tony and Peter Hodak when we were all on the Purusha program in Heavenly Mountain, Boone, NC. Great guys! Peter is getting his PhD doing research on consciousness here at MIU studying with Dr. Fred Travis. Peter is married, has a son, and also teaches courses in the department. Will check out the interview and most likely share it, with Peter, and everyone else on my list.

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