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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 September, 2010

JERRY’S EXCAVATION IS OVER!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 @ 01:09 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

Dr. Robert Mann

CIL Deputy Director/Anthropologist Dr. Bob Mann is regarded by many as the top forensic bone expert in the world.

The word is out. “The Americans have gone,” says Mr. Du, the former Vietcong farmer who led us to Jerry’s and Al’s crash site, nearly two years ago. Thanks to him, about 50 villagers were gainfully employed for a month, serving as excavation workers at the site, primarily in sifting roles. Like Mr. Du, we are waiting to hear what–if anything–the JPAC team was able to find.

It is not uncommon for an excavation to reap non-specific matter that looks like human remains, especially osseous (bone) material. At our guys’ site, I know they found a lot of life support gear on a daily basis; however, I don’t know if they found human remains; we should receive some feedback soon; namely, because JPACs Central Identification Laboratory (CIL), located in Hawaii, conducts a vetting process at the conclusion of Field Operations, before the ceremonial repatriations begin. Read more