Name: Jerry Allen Hiemer
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 22 September 1941 (Louisville KY)
Home City of Record: Memphis TN
Date of Loss: 17 November 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 133620N 1075525E (ZA160060)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 0192
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. 2020


SYNOPSIS: On November 17, 1965, SP4 Hiemer was a gunner on a combat operation
with elements of Company A while en route to a landing zone in Pleiku Province,
Republic of Vietnam. Once on the operation, the unit was heavily engaged in a
fire fight.

During the fight, Hiemer was reported to have been shot several times and to be
dead. Following the battle, the entire area was searched, but there was no sign
of his remains.

SP4 Jerry Hiemer is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were
found. His case seems quite clear. For others who are listed missing, however,
simple answers are just not there. Many were known to have survived their loss
incident. Quite a few were in radio contact with search teams and describing an
advancing enemy. Some were photographed or recorded in captivity, or even wrote
letters home. Others simply vanished without a trace.

Reports continue to mount that we abandoned hundreds of Americans to the enemy
when we left Southeast Asia. While Hiemer may not be among them, one can imagine
his proud willingness to go on one more mission to help bring them to freedom.





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Specialist 4 Jerry Allen Hiemer, who joined the U.S. Army from Tennessee, was a machine gunner with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On November 17, 1965, the battalion was in positions in the Ia Drang Valley, Pleiku Province when elements of the North Vietnamese Army ambushed the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment and SP4 Hiemer and his assistant gunner were last seen in the vicinity of (GC) YA 943 043. On November 18 and 19, U.S. forces searched the battle area but found no trace of either man, but on November 24, the assistant gunner was found alive and severely wounded. He reported that when last together, SP4 Hiemer was shot in the head. Later attempts to locate and recover his remains have been unsuccessful. Today, Specialist 4 Hiemer is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.

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