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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- Many of you will recognize Col Parks’ name. In addition to being a classmate of Jerry’s in The Basic School (TBS,1-67), he served in the First Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam,1968-69. After leaving active duty, he served in various positions, providing political- military advice to national leaders, and was a United States representative in the law of war negotiations in New York, Vienna, The Hague and Geneva. He continues to serve in the Department of Defense
+Captain Jerry A. Zimmer Memorial Essay Contest ResultsZimmer Children’s Essays — Captain Jerry A. Zimmer Memorial Essay Contest Following the service at Arlington, Elaine asked each of the Zimmer kids to participate in an essay writing contest, based on their feelings about the Zimmer Memorial Service. The essays contained in this linked document, are a compilation of those thoughtful writings.