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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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MIA RECOVERIES: JPAC Finishes 2011 in Vietnam

Monday, January 2, 2012 @ 08:01 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis
/Photo Credits Listed on Flickr

SEE MORE IMAGES OF JPAC TEAM MEMBERS CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS/RECOVERIES AT http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpacteams/sets/72157628046375062/

THE PROCESS:  Recovery teams search for human remains, life support items, and other material evidence (personal and military issued items) that may lead to the identification of Americans missing from past U.S. conflicts. Investigation teams authenticate leads from eyewitnesses, conduct field research, and gather information throughout the various locations to determine whether or not there will be a return visit for excavation at a later date. 

 THE PEOPLE:   Approximately 75 JPAC team members excavated multiple sites [Nov. 2011] associated with Vietnam War losses. Five recovery teams searched in the Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang, Lang Son, Son La, and Thanh Hoa provinces at aircraft crash and burial sites for six Americans. Two investigation teams authenticated eyewitness leads and conducted field research, searching for information on more than 50 missing individuals and 31 unsolved cases. Lastly, a scientific team conducted a Joint Forensic Review to determine racial affiliation of remains in country. The approximately 35-day undertaking marked the 105th Joint Field Activity in Vietnam.

THE FINISH LINE:   NOT “UNTIL THEY ARE HOME.”

 

*Content and Photos Credited to JPAC.

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