Zeamer, Jay, Jr, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-17
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1939 - 1945

Aviation

Lieutenant Colonel



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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Home Town
Carlisle
Last Address
Carlisle

Date of Passing
Mar 22, 2007
 
Location of Interment
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ZEAMER, JAY JR. 
(Air Mission)
 

Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps
Place and date: Over Buka area, Solomon Islands, 16 June 1943
Entered service at: Machias, Maine
Birth: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
G.O. No.: 1, 4 January 1944

Citation:

On 16 June 1943, Major Zeamer (then Captain) volunteered as pilot of a bomber on an important photographic mapping mission covering the formidably defended area in the vicinity of Buka, Solomon Islands.

While photographing the Buka airdrome. his crew observed about 20 enemy fighters on the field, many of them taking off. Despite the certainty of a dangerous attack by this strong force, Major Zeamer proceeded with his mapping run, even after the enemy attack began.

In the ensuing engagement, Major Zeamer sustained gunshot wounds in both arms and legs, one leg being broken. Despite his injuries, he maneuvered the damaged plane so skillfully that his gunners were able to fight off the enemy during a running fight which lasted 40 minutes. The crew destroyed at least 5 hostile planes, of which Major Zeamer himself shot down one.

Although weak from loss of blood, he refused medical aid until the enemy had broken combat. He then turned over the controls, but continued to exercise command despite lapses into unconsciousness, and directed the flight to a base 580 miles away. In this voluntary action, Major Zeamer, with superb skill, resolution, and courage, accomplished a mission of great value.


   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Basic Training Waived (ARNG Pre WWII)
 Unit Assignments
HQ, US Army Cadet CommandArmy ReserveArmy Air CorpsUS Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1936-1939, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1940-1940, USAR NCO Academy, Ft. Dix
  1941-1945, Army Air Corps
  1945-1945, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of New Georgia
  1943-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1936-1940, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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