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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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Vietnam War MIA Families Head for D.C.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 11:05 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

FAMILIES WITH MIAs UNACCOUNTED-FOR FROM THE VIETNAM WAR

     PREPARE FOR THEIR ANNUAL MEETING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

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BRIG GEN Mark Splindler, USA

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L-R: Interim DPAA Director Fern Sumpter Winbush & Todd S. Livick, DPAA Director of Outreach & Communications; BG Mark Spindler, USA, Deputy Director, DPAA; League Board Chairman & CEO Ann Mills Griffiths. With the exception of BG Spindler, who is based in Hawaii, the other leaders reside in Washington, D.C.

ANNOUNCING

THE 48TH ANNUAL MEETING

OF

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES

&

THE US GOVERNMENT’S SOUTHEAST ASIA BRIEFINGS

JUNE 21 – 25, 2017

HILTON CRYSTAL CITY HOTEL

ARLINGTON, VA 22202

Registration for the event must be postmarked BY FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2017.*

CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES

5673 COLUMBIA PIKE, SUITE 100

FALLS CHURCH, VA 22041

WEBSITE: http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/annual-meeting.html

*Families choosing to attend the government briefings but not other events, the deadline for registration is June 9, 2017, but sooner is better in my opinion. Contact your respective service casualty office for assistance with credentials and questions related to the briefings.

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Each armed service has a casualty office that handles their own KIAs/BNRs, MIAs and POWs. L-R: Marine Corps Casualty Specialists Michael Ryba and Ronald (Chuck) Williams. (Not pictured is Hattie Johnson, USMCs Head of POW/MIA Casualty).

 

MIA FAMILY SERVICE CASUALTY OFFICES

CONTACT NUMBERS

Army: 1-800-892-2490

Navy: 1-800-443-9298

Air Force: 1-800-531-5501

Marine Corps: 1-800-847-1597

State Department: 1- 202-647-5470

CIA: 1-703-874-4270

 

WHY ATTEND THE LEAGUE & DoD MEETING? 

 

 

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2016 Brown University Vietnam War Forum

Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 04:08 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis
Brown University Forum Participants: Elaine Zimmer Davis, David Taylor, Barry Kowalski

May 27, 2016: Brown University Alumni Reunion Forum:  The Vietnam War.  
Photo L-R: Elaine Zimmer Davis, David Taylor, ’66, & Barry Kowalski,’66. Special thanks  to David and Prof Beth Taylor (no relation) for turning a dream into reality; Jennifer Betts for her incredible archival prowess; and other Brown vets who shared their stories, made us proud and together we kept a full house at attention.  I was honored to be included.  — EZD

This video includes presentations by several Brown veterans,  not only David and Barry.   It is interesting to hear each speak of their personal wartime experiences.

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Barry’s combat boots

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 Jerry’s flight jacket & hat

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