Our Mission:Jerry was an F4 Phantom 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 because of the altitude and trajectory of the aircraft. They were initially 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 – regardless of their original classification.
Although Jerry has been gone for four decades, our family learned that his remains might be recoverable, so we are doing everything possible to work with JPAC to make this happen and bring Jerry home to the United States where he belongs.
Bringing Jerry Home...
This blog represents the work of many people – family, friends, Marines, JPAC team members 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. Although it has been four decades since my first husband, Capt Jerry A. Zimmer, USMC, lost his life in Vietnam, we are hopeful that his remains will soon be repatriated. We invite you to follow our collective journey in the quest to bring Jerry home.
The 2014 National POW/MIA Family League meeting was important, well organized and successful on several levels. The event was held at the Crystal City Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 11-14, attracting approximately four hundred Vietnam War family members with loved ones still unaccounted-for, government officials and honored guests. The theme may well have been “Re-energizing the Base,” since it appeared that attendees had a positive reaction to officials’ reorganization of the accounting community’s infrastructure, seeing it as a pathway to a better, more finely tuned system that could speed up efforts to bring home loved ones from past wars, whenever and wherever possible.
PLEASE CLICK 2014 League Meeting FOR A DOWNLOADABLE PDF, COVERING THE 2014 ANNUAL LEAGUE MEETING. YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT SEVERAL OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE ACCOUNTING COMMUNITY AND HOW THE NEW AGENCY PLANS TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND CONTINUED SUPPORT OF FAMILIES WITH LOVED ONES, LIKE JERRY, STILL MISSING FROM THE VIETNAM WAR. WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP, SO PLEASE STAY CONNECTED.
Photos are posted in the gallery.
L-R: Alisa Stack, a senior DoD civilian specialist, appointed by Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Lumpkin to lead the accounting community transition team; Major General W. Montague “Q” Winfield, USA Ret., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs; and Elaine Zimmer Davis, attending the 2013 League meeting in Washington, D.C. Stack is not a newcomer to the complexities of transitions – her record in Afghanistan speaks for itself.
The 45th annual meeting of the National League of POW/MIA Families (League) is scheduled for June 11-14, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The event traditionally attracts 300-plus families and government officials during three days of scheduled meetings. It is a testament to families with loved ones still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War, who believe that giving up on our MIAs is not an option. Many have been making the D.C. trek for decades.
Were it not for the League and people like Chairman of the Board Ann Mills Griffiths, there would be no accounting program for any of us, including families with loved ones missing from the Korean War and WW II, which have their own annual meeting soon after the League’s.
Mills Griffiths will be at the podium much of the time, keeping everyone on their toes during the Department of Defense’s unveiling of the newly rehabbed accounting community.
I will post a follow-up blog after returning from D.C. I’m anticipating a lot of changes within the accounting community, namely because DPMO and JPAC, along with a few other key players, will be consolidated into a single organization with a new name and new civilian leader under the DoD umbrella.
I look forward to hearing Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Lumpkin, as the keynote speaker at the Opening Session, elaborate on the future of Vietnam War recoveries. I also hope to see many of the people in the military and civil service, who have been instrumental in bringing home our loved ones from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and providing families with emotional support along the way.