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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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MARINES OF BASIC SCHOOL 1-67, B COMPANY

Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 01:12 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

MARINES OF BASIC SCHOOL 1-67, B COMPANY

50th Anniversary Reunion

Above is the cover of Bravo Company’s new, excellent book of class Bios and Reflections.

Above is the cover of Bravo Company’s new, excellent book of class Bios and Reflections.

THE RIGHT STUFF

To those who think patriotism is dead in America, my advice is to hang out with a group of Vietnam War veterans. Not long ago, I had the opportunity of practicing what I preach. It was refreshing to be among a special gathering of Marine officers, who some would say have every right to question love of country, having served in a very unpopular war. Instead, reflecting on their Marine Corps commitment that officially began in Basic School, five decades earlier, most attribute their TBS experience as giving them an appreciation of service to country, pride of being a Marine and gratitude for the opportunities they received in return.  

In September, 2016, I received a call from an old friend, Mike Wholley, BGen, USMC (Ret), inviting me to attend the 50th Anniversary Reunion of The Basic School, Class of 1-67, Company B, of which Mike and my first husband, Capt Jerry Zimmer, were members and served in the same platoon – Bravo Company, 4th Platoon, to be exact. Of course, I’d like to brag that the 4th was the best, but to be honest, platoon selection was/is based strictly on the alphabet – hence Wholley and Zimmer along with approximately 25 others were last, but not least, of 2nd Lieutenants assigned a platoon in B Company.  

The notion that all kids in the 1960s were part of the hippie counter culture movement was not accurate, nor did it apply to the path taken by 185 Bravo Company Marines. These Marines heeded the call to serve, with nearly half of the class having earned coveted NROTC scholarships to Ivy League Schools and other top-rated institutions that might otherwise have been financially out-of-reach.

Bravo Company’s 50th Anniversary Reunion drew a record number of members from all points.

Bravo Company’s 50th Anniversary Reunion drew a record number of members from all points.

I was curious, as a writer and Jerry’s former wife, to learn more about the Marines of B Company. Thanks to the efforts of Andy Vaart, Capt, USNR (Ret); Bob Lange, Col, USMC (Ret); and Phil Norton, Capt, USMC (Ret), a collection of bios was received from most members of B Company, and Andy subsequently sent me a PDF of the soon-to-be published book, entitled “The Marines of Bravo Company, TBS, 1-67, 1966-2016.” The book will be a wonderful keepsake of the 50th Anniversary for guys who served in B Company. Undoubtedly the book will also find its way around the Marine Corps veterans’ circuit — and like the guys of Bravo Company, many will relate to the realization of when Basic School ended and training in an MOS began, a lot of the them never knew what route their Marine brothers took, especially career-wise, and I guarantee that is what makes “The Marines of Bravo Company….” a great read.

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