My first husband, Capt. Jerry Zimmer, was an F4B Phantom jet pilot, whose aircraft was shot down on August 29, 1969, approximately 20 miles South of Da Nang, Vietnam, after six months in country. Neither Jerry nor his navigator, 1st Lt. Al Graf, was able to eject, before the aircraft crashed into the Que Son Mountains. Initially Jerry and Al were classified as Killed in Action/No Body Recovered (KIA/NBR). Years later, both Marines were listed as MIA, along with other service members whose bodies were never recovered.
Jerry has been gone nearly a half century, and hope for recovering his remains had run out a long time ago. However, in recent years our family became involved with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), now merged with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), and learned that Jerry’s and Al’s remains might, in fact, be recoverable, so we are doing everything possible to support their efforts to make this happen and bring our guys home where they belong.
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Bringing Jerry Home...
This blog site represents the work of many people – family, friends, Marines, National League of POW/MIA Families, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) – now integrated into the newly formed Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) -- and others within the U.S. Government and elsewhere who believe that bringing home our MIAs is the fulfillment of a solemn promise that we make to our men and women in uniform.
We invite you to follow our collective journey in the quest to bring Jerry home.
(R) LtGen Ron Christmas, USMC, (Ret) was the honored guest and presenter at TBS 1-67, Company B, 50th Anniversary Reunion Dinner. The General and his wife were also honored “participants” in the colorful Lion Dance beautifully performed in traditional costumes by young dancers, courtesy of Hon K. Lee, TBS-167, 2nd Platoon. The event was held in Fredericksburg, VA, and Quantico, VA, Oct. 20 – 23, 2016.
*THE TBS IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH THE LINK ABOVE.
HOWEVER, MY GALLERY DOES INCLUDE MANY OTHER IMAGES, BUT IT’S MORE DIFFICULT TO USE, SINCE IT’S NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. SORRY