One of last World War II fighter pilots passes away

Jerry Yellin was in Fairfield, Iowa on Sept. 9 talking to folks and signing books./KTVO.

A well-known World War II fighter pilot passed away this holiday season.

Jerry Yellin was known for being one of that last living fighter pilots.

His sons, Steven and Michael, say he was a huge advocate for transcendental meditation and that it helped him get over his post-traumatic stress disorder.

His publicist, Tracy McCormick, says she worked with Yellin for a few years, up until the day he passed away. McCormick says she grew very fond of the veteran and admired how much he loved everyone, a sentiment Yellin shared with KTVO during his visit to Fairfield back in September.

“We’re not what we believe, we’re not the color of our skin, we’re not the language we talk. We’re all human beings, all of us. That’s the message that I would like people to know,” said Yellin.

Yellin passed away Thursday at the age of 93. He had been battling lung cancer.

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