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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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Maj Gen Stephen Tom, Ann Mills Griffiths POW-MIA Recognition Day 2011

Monday, January 9, 2012 @ 04:01 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Sept. 16, 2011) – Maj. Gen. Stephen Tom greets Mrs. Ann Mills-Griffiths during a somber POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. More than 200 active duty service members, veterans, and patriots attended the event, which featured a wreath laying ceremony and Keynote Address by Mrs. Ann Mills-Griffiths, the Chairman of the National League of POW/MIA Families. The ceremony, hosted by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, honored former American Prisoners of War who suffered the hardships of enemy captivity and those still Missing in Action. The mission of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans lost during our nation’s previous conflicts. (DoD photo by Spc. Michael Carter, U.S. Army/Released)

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