Special Agent Jerry William Kramer was born November 6, 1957, in Linwood, California. After graduating from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1981 with a degree in Physical Education, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a vice squad detective in the Norfolk Police Department.
In August 1985, Jerry joined the Naval Investigative Service as a Special Agent in the Little Creek, Virginia, office. He transferred to the Norfolk Special Operations Squad in October 1986. In early 1987, he was assigned to the Resident Agency in Bremerton, Washington, where he successfully completed a six-month undercover narcotics operation with fellow Special Agent Douglas Kocina. Jerry returned to Norfolk and was briefly assigned to the Foreign Counterintelligence Squad before he was promoted and transferred to Subic Bay, in the Philippines. Jerry and Special Agent Kocina were killed in an automobile accident on March 17, 1988, on the way back from interviewing an off-base informant.
Jerry was known for his sense of humor, but he is best remembered as a tenacious, hardworking Special Agent who set high standards for himself and others and always exceeded expectations.
Special Agent Kramer’s name is engraved on panel 39-E, line 4, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.