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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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2014 National POW/MIA Family League meeting — Feedback

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 08:07 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis
Alisa Stack, Director of the Personnel Accounting Consolidation Task Force (PACT), (foreground) seated with families and special guests during the League's annual dinner.

Alisa Stack, Director of the Personnel Accounting Consolidation Task Force (PACT), (foreground) seated with families and special guests during the League’s annual dinner.

The 2014 National POW/MIA Family League meeting was important, well organized and successful on several levels.  The event was held at the Crystal City Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 11-14, attracting approximately four hundred Vietnam War family members with loved ones still unaccounted-for, government officials and honored guests.  The theme may well have been “Re-energizing the Base,” since  it appeared that attendees had a positive reaction to officials’ reorganization of the accounting community’s infrastructure, seeing it as a pathway to a better, more finely tuned system that could speed up efforts to bring home loved ones from past wars, whenever and wherever possible.

PLEASE CLICK   2014 League Meeting FOR A DOWNLOADABLE PDF, COVERING THE 2014 ANNUAL LEAGUE MEETING.  YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT SEVERAL OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE ACCOUNTING COMMUNITY AND HOW THE NEW AGENCY PLANS TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.  THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND CONTINUED SUPPORT OF FAMILIES WITH LOVED ONES, LIKE JERRY, STILL MISSING FROM THE VIETNAM WAR.  WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP, SO PLEASE STAY CONNECTED.

Photos are posted in the gallery.

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