RANGERS 2 Cunningham, Larry LaMont

Date of death
03-Dec-1968

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Cunningham
  • FORENAME
Larry LaMont
  • UNIT
Company F 51st Infantry (LRP)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
  • NUMBER
12868960
  • DATE OF DEATH
3rd December 1968
  • AGE
23
  • GRAVESITE
Memorial Park, Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi, USA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Louisville,Mississippi
born 10.6.1945
father Robert Lamont Cunningham (1912-1977)
mother Mary Ava Merle (nee Boyles) Cunningham (1912-1998)
single
enlisted 29.08.1967
KIA Phuoc Long,South Vietnam
Vietnam Vet.Memorial,Washington,DC Panel 37W Line30
 
Citation
Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Larry La Mont Cunningham, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company F, 51st Infantry, II Field Force. Staff Sergeant Cunningham distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 3 December 1968, as the team leader of a long range patrol in Phuoc Vinh Province. Sergeant Cunningham's team was conducting a reconnaissance mission when it was suddenly ambushed by a company-size, well entrenched enemy force. Although wounded in the leg during the initial barrage, he determinedly provided defensive fire for his men and directed their withdrawal to a nearby landing zone. Realizing that the aggressors' murderous fire would endanger the security of the pickup site, Sergeant Cunningham courageously exposed himself to the fusillade and provided covering fire so that the team could reach the extraction point. While ensuring the safe evacuation of his comrades, he was mortally wounded by hostile rifle fire. Staff Sergeant Cunningham's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Web Links
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57948084/larry-la_mont-cunningham
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