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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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Archive for May, 2010

ALERT! Identifications of MIAs in Vietnam in Jeopardy

Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 03:05 AM  posted by Elaine

Families and friends of our MIAs in Vietnam should know that a new mandate was written into the Defense Authorization Act of FY2010, which is likely to do irreparable harm to repatriation efforts in Vietnam, unless the language is fixed or a miracle occurs.   And while well-meaning people pushed the right political buttons to make this happen, they surely didn’t anticipate the outcome.

The legislation mandates that JPAC , the government organization responsible for investigating, excavating, identifying and repatriating remains back to the USA, must ensure that its laboratory identify 200 “missing persons” by 2015, from wartime locations in WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War and Gulf War.  On the surface the mandate may sound wonderful to families who have been waiting for their loved ones’ remains to come home.   But here’s the catch:  JPACs results in FY2009 amounted to 98 sets of identifications, of which the greatest number came from WWII locations – the least came from Vietnam.  If forced to increase the numbers, it’s hard to image that many of the remaining MIAs in Vietnam will ever come home.  Instead, JPAC may be required to take the path of least resistance.

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