Overland Park WWII veteran Jerry Ingram, survivor of Iwo Jima and then a hotel fire, dies at 94

Jerry Ingram (left) died on Tuesday, Dec. 7, on the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That event propelled the U.S. into World War II, which Ingram enlisted for in 1942 as a 15-year-old. He later saw combat as a tank commander in the South Pacific, including at Iwo Jima. Here, Ingram is pictured with friend Paul Chapa, whom Ingram met through a veterans support group later in life. Photo courtesy Paul Chapa.

After a lifetime of service, World War II veteran Jerry Ingram passed away this week at 94 years old.

Ingram died at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event which helped bring America into World War II and would shape Ingram’s life for decades after.