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First Name: Gerard

Last Name: Zinser

Birthplace: IL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Emil

Date of Birth: 31 May 1918

Date of Death: 21 August 2001

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Gerard Emil Zinser

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Gerard Emil Zinser
ENC, U.S. Navy

Gerard Emil Zinser was born on 31 May 1918 in Illinois.

Zinser served during World War II aboard "PT-109" under the command of Lieutenant and future U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. A motor machinist, he received severe burns on both arms when the boat was sunk by Japanese destroyer in August 1943.

He also served in Korea and Vietnam. Zinser was the last surviving member of the "PT-109" crew.

Death and Burial

Gerard Emil Zinser died on 21 August 2001. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 3256   Created by: MHOH




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