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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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Vietnam War MIA Families Head for D.C.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 11:05 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

FAMILIES WITH MIAs UNACCOUNTED-FOR FROM THE VIETNAM WAR

     PREPARE FOR THEIR ANNUAL MEETING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

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BRIG GEN Mark Splindler, USA

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L-R: Interim DPAA Director Fern Sumpter Winbush & Todd S. Livick, DPAA Director of Outreach & Communications; BG Mark Spindler, USA, Deputy Director, DPAA; League Board Chairman & CEO Ann Mills Griffiths. With the exception of BG Spindler, who is based in Hawaii, the other leaders reside in Washington, D.C.

ANNOUNCING

THE 48TH ANNUAL MEETING

OF

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES

&

THE US GOVERNMENT’S SOUTHEAST ASIA BRIEFINGS

JUNE 21 – 25, 2017

HILTON CRYSTAL CITY HOTEL

ARLINGTON, VA 22202

Registration for the event must be postmarked BY FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2017.*

CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES

5673 COLUMBIA PIKE, SUITE 100

FALLS CHURCH, VA 22041

WEBSITE: http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/annual-meeting.html

*Families choosing to attend the government briefings but not other events, the deadline for registration is June 9, 2017, but sooner is better in my opinion. Contact your respective service casualty office for assistance with credentials and questions related to the briefings.

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Each armed service has a casualty office that handles their own KIAs/BNRs, MIAs and POWs. L-R: Marine Corps Casualty Specialists Michael Ryba and Ronald (Chuck) Williams. (Not pictured is Hattie Johnson, USMCs Head of POW/MIA Casualty).

 

MIA FAMILY SERVICE CASUALTY OFFICES

CONTACT NUMBERS

Army: 1-800-892-2490

Navy: 1-800-443-9298

Air Force: 1-800-531-5501

Marine Corps: 1-800-847-1597

State Department: 1- 202-647-5470

CIA: 1-703-874-4270

 

WHY ATTEND THE LEAGUE & DoD MEETING? 

 

 

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2015 LEAGUE MEETING WITH FAMILIES OF VIETNAM WAR MIAs

Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 04:08 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

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 League Chairman Anne Mills Griffiths and DPAA Director Michael Linnington kicked off the 2015 National League Meeting of POW/MIA Families. The meeting attracted one of the largest groups in recent years, and the atmosphere was upbeat throughout the three-day event.

 DEFENSE POW/MIA ACCOUNTING AGENCY IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Families with MIAs still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War met in D.C., June 24-27, 2015, for the 46th annual League meeting. With the recent reorganization nearly complete, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) got down to business and, by all accounts, did an excellent job. In no small way, credit goes to League Chairman Ann Mills Griffiths and DPAA Director Michael Linnington, both of whom were front and center daily, from early morning to evening.  Preview of the 2016 League & DPAA Meeting

Mills-Griffiths, the heart and soul of the League, chaired the meeting that drew approximately 300-plus family members and officials.  The annual dinner attracted several special guests of families, along with many from military, government and diplomatic circles.

The crux of the meeting each year is informational with DPAA subject-matter experts delivering presentations, serving on informational panels and participating in Q&A sessions. Questions are not submitted in advance, and the only no-no is that they are not about individual cases. Otherwise, family members direct their questions to specific participants.

Ron Ward, Casualty Resolution Specialist, Det. 2, Hanoi, responds to questions about field operations in Vietnam. Ward, fluent in Vietnamese, is also involved in investigations & interfaces with Vietnamese partners.

Ron Ward, Casualty Resolution Specialist, Det. 2, Hanoi, responds to questions about field operations in Vietnam. Ward, fluent in Vietnamese, is also involved in investigations & interfaces with Vietnamese partners.

DPAA Archaeologist Brad Sturm participates in field operations on a global level. Seated is Deputy Director of External Communications Johnie Webb. Both men have been instrumental in recovery efforts for decades.

DPAA Archaeologist Brad Sturm participates in field operations on a global level. Seated is Deputy Director of External Communications Johnie Webb. Both men have been instrumental in recovery efforts for decades.

In the line of fire, leadership and staff delivered thought-provoking responses that frequently generated input from multiple experts. The Q&A session is my favorite. It is truly an opportunity to learn more about the accounting system, and this year’s session was exceptionally good.

A partial list of participants, who traveled from overseas, included Ron Ward, Casualty Resolution Specialist, Det 2, Hanoi; LTC Marcus Ferrara, USA, Chief, Detachment 3, Laos; Pete Laverde, Stony Beach Specialist, DIA, Cambodia; Jared Elison, Stony Beach Specialist, DIA, Thailand, and many others.

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