Our Mission:

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.


Vietnam Map


JPAC — uss bowditch mission

Saturday, October 1, 2011 @ 06:10 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM (June 7, 2011) – A Hydrographic Survey Launch returns to the USNS Bowditch after surveying Vietnamese waters for missing U.S. aircraft that crashed during the Vietnam War. The joint U.S. and Vietnamese venture, with experts from JPAC, the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office, the ship’s merchant marine crew, and the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons, is using specialized sonar to survey the coast of Vietnam searching for U.S. aircraft lost during the Vietnam War. The mission of JPAC is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of our nation’s past conflicts. (JPAC photo by DON civilian Ron Ward/Released)

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