In honor of Memorial Day, the Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue) will be showing a free screening of the documentary “Jerry’s Last Mission” on May 24th at 5:30 PM in the library auditorium.
P-51 fighter pilot Captain Jerry Yellin, born in Newark, NJ, flew combat missions on Iwo Jima and over Japan, including the last combat mission of World War II. He returned home with PTSD, suffering from survivor’s guilt and daily thoughts of suicide, and with a deep hatred for the Japanese. The documentary tells how Yellin overcame PTSD and how he was forced to face his enemy once again when his youngest son moved to Japan and married the daughter of a Kamikaze pilot.
David Lynch called Yellin a “great man with a great and important story of humanity,” and Gary Sinise said of the documentary, “Please watch and let it inspire you.”
Following the documentary, there will be a question and answer session led by Jerry’s son and Montclair resident, Michael Yellin. The Montclair library has available Jerry Yellin’s autobiography, also titled “Jerry’s Last Mission.” The documentary trailer is here available on YouTube.