Zeamer, Jay, Jr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, Headquarters, I Bomber Command
Service Years
1939 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Machias, Maine
Last Address
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Date of Passing
Mar 22, 2007
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 34, Lot 809-4

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Medal of Honor citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major (Air Corps), [then Captain] Jay Zeamer, United States Army Air Forces, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), 5th Air Force. On 16 June 1943, Major Zeamer 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 five 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.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders Date: January 14, 1944

Action Date: 16-Jun-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 65th Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 43d Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 5th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Reserve (USAR)US Army (USA)Aviation Cadet Flight School43rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1939-1940, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1940-1940, US Army (USA)
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 43rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, Hospital, Clinic and Dispensary Units
  1944-1945, Headquarters, I Bomber Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Papua Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts Institute of Technology
  1936-1940, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1945-1946, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26 Marauder  B-18 Bolo  B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1941-1942, B-26 Marauder
  1941-1942, B-18 Bolo
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
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