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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 IN VIETNAM: Senator Jim Webb’s $1 Million Dilemma

Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 02:10 PM  posted by Elaine Zimmer Davis

jz-craig-f-4 1968: Jerry is having fun with our son, Craig, at NAS Beaufort in SC, where he trained in the F4, before deploying to Southeast Asia. During one of his hops, the nose cone fell off and landed in the ocean off the coast of South Carolina. Jerry flew the aircraft back to the base and landed without incident, but it was a memorable event.

Senator Jim Webb, [D-VA], recently went on record, saying that he wanted the US Government to freeze $1 million in annual funding to the Vietnamese government for assistance with their search, recovery, identification and repatriation of Vietnamese MIAs. Vietnamese officials reportedly have said that they will focus only on North Vietnamese and Vietcong MIAs, not South Vietnamese MIAs who fought on the other side during the war.

Senator Webb has a long history of involvement with Asian affairs, including a much decorated military career as a Marine Corps officer who served in the Vietnam War. In recent years, he married a South Vietnamese woman, who was able to leave Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in the mid 1970s. Understandably, Senator Webb has a deep-seated personal and professional interest in seeing that U.S. funds given to the Vietnamese government for their MIA efforts are divided fairly, regardless of allegiances during the Vietnam War.

“This project must ensure fair treatment to MIAs from the North Vietnamese Army, the Viet Cong, and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam,” Webb said in a prepared statement. “However, according to information provided to my office, discussions between USAID and the Vietnamese government indicate that former ARVN soldiers are not counted by the Vietnamese government as among the missing, and therefore are not included in this project,” said Webb in a recent Washington Post article.

As a family member of an MIA still unaccounted for in Vietnam, I sympathize with  Vietnamese in America, who are spearheading efforts to find missing loved ones and friends in Vietnam. Many say they want to ensure that their MIAs receive a proper burial according to Vietnamese culture. Read more