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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 the ‘Captain Jerry Zimmer Recovery Efforts’ Category

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 03:12 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

 Happy New Year from our family to yours. L-R: Matt, Beatriz, Craig & Alie Zimmer; Juan Maria & Rosa Iriarte (Bea’s parents from Spain); Brett & Breeze Davis; Nick Zimmer, Ron & Elaine Davis

To all my blog followers, thank you for supporting and encouraging our efforts to bring home the remains of my first husband, Capt. Jerry Zimmer, USMC, from Vietnam. Our family is very grateful.

I wish you health, happiness and peace in 2012 and hope you will stay connected as we continue to pray for a positive outcome in our search for Jerry…. Elaine Zimmer Davis

Vietnam Recoveries: JPAC Dodges a Bullet–Hopefully!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 06:05 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

Mr Bay & Mr Do (in T shirt) being interviewed by JPAC investigator at crash site Following up on evidence presented by our family in which we asked that Jerry’s and Al’s case be reopened, JPAC conducted a full-scale investigation in August 2009. They sent a team of investigators/linguists to interview Mr. Du and Mr. Bay, the primary in-country sources, to determine if the area involved a crash site and whether it was viable for excavation, both of which were affirmative. Furthermore, investigators concurred with our findings that Jerry and Al had crashed at that location.

Budget battles are far from over, considering where things currently stand with FY2011; however, looking ahead to the FY2012 budget, JPAC seems to have dodged a bullet and will remain in control of recovery operations of all MIAs from past wars, dating back to WWII. Of concern to families—including ours — and many powerful veterans organizations was that the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) would exceed its current policy-making role by adding an operational capability to its war chest. Had revamping DPMOs organization been approved, the consensus was that Vietnam War recoveries would have suffered a crushing blow, adding more concern to families with MIAs from the Vietnam War who feel that recoveries already are hanging in the balance. (Please read my previous blog on unilateral recoveries).

Thanks to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who will be retiring soon, DPMOs plan was not adopted. Instead, the Defense Department’s proposed budget for FY2012 for the next five years included a $321.1 million increase in funding and a plus-up of 253 additional personnel for JPAC, according to Ann Mills Griffiths, Executive Director of The National League of Families. Mills-Griffiths also confirmed that JPAC is expected to remain under the U. S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). Read more