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Lafayette, CA - Jewish Airman Killed in Afghanistan

Published on: May 1, 2008 12:18 PM
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Lafayette, CA - Senior Airman Jonathan Yelner volunteered to be sent to Afghanistan two months ago to help local residents build new roads and buildings and to set up water supplies.

Yelner, 24, was killed Tuesday when a bomb exploded near his vehicle near Bagram, about 25 miles north of Kabul and the site of an air base where U.S. forces are stationed.

“I’m very proud of him,” said his father, Bruce Yelner of El Cerrito. “He was performing one of the more nobler duties of the military in Afghanistan. He did a lot of good for the local Afghanis.”

His mother, Yolanda Vega of Lafayette, said, “However, I know he’s with God. I know he’s in heaven.”

In a statement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “Senior Airman Jonathan Yelner answered the call to defend the United States with bravery, integrity and a relentless devotion to the ideals and freedoms that we all hold dear.”


Yelner was Jewish and Puerto Rican and was proud of his heritage.

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 May 01, 2008 at 01:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Boruch Dayan Haemes. May his family know only of good and happiness.


 May 01, 2008 at 02:48 PM Alex Says:

Baruch Dayn HaEmes!!


 May 01, 2008 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

may good bless his sol


 May 01, 2008 at 05:22 PM Anonymous Says:



 May 02, 2008 at 10:14 AM Oy Gevald Says:

"Yelner was Jewish and Puerto Rican and was proud of his heritage." I wonder if he did the "Sfashkenaz" thing.


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