The long and circuitous life of 92-year-old World War II veteran Jerry Yellin reads like a work of fiction.

From his time as a fighter pilot during the war, strafing enemy sites from a P-51 and escorting B-29s over Japan, to watching his half-Japanese granddaughter lay a wreath this March in remembrance of victims of one of the war's fiercest battles, it's no stretch to say he has come full circle.

But for Yellin, known as the fighter pilot who flew the last combat mission of World War II, it hasn't been an easy journey.