Anticipating Memorial Day. . . .
All hail to Jerry Yellin, age 91, who flew the last combat mission of World War II, on August 14, 1945. His WW-II story (5:04) is remarkable for not only his courage & dedication, but to his generosity of spirit & modesty about astonishing achievements the vast majority--myself included--could never hope to match.
While we are tracking WW-II heroes, two pilots who flew the legendary "Doolittle Raid"--immortalized two years after the April 18, 1942 raid by one of Hollywood's finest war films, "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo"--are still with us, ages 93 & 99.
And here is a moving tribute to veterans from legendary Marine Corps. general James Mattis.
Let us also praise the brave men sent on the failed April 1980 mission that ended in the Iranian desert--and ended the presidential re-election prospects of Jimmy Carter. Then, as too often, military missions were mismanaged by civilian commanders.
With this post, LFTC goes on hiatus, so its author--yours truly--can carry out relocation from Washington to Charleston, South Carolina. LFTC will return after Labor Day (September 7, 2015).
Bottom Line. To those who like Jerry Yellin served in harm's way, LFTC's author owes his freedom. Thank you, Mr. Yellin. May the remainder of your life be long & happy.