CHARLES W. CUMMINGS, RADM, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Cummings '47

Date of birth: July 18, 1923

Date of death: September 11, 1974

Age: 51

Lucky Bag

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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Charles was a passenger lost in the crash of an Eastern Airlines DC-9 while on approach to Charlotte, NC. He had been named Commandant of the 6th Naval District in Charleston just six days prior to the accident.

He was survived by his wife, Lillian, and is buried in California.

Career

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Previous tours included USS Duluth (CL 87), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 5), USS Mt. McKinley (AGC 7), COMFIFTHFLT/Fifth Amphibious Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Naval War College, CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT, USS Bradford (DD 545), USS Brown (DD 546), USS Carpenter (DD 825), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and USS Coontz (DLG 9).

Other

From Together We Served:

On 1 July, three North Vietnam torpedo boats came out to attack USS Coontz (DLG 9) and USS Rogers (DD 876) operating about 40 miles off shore on search and rescue missions. Aircraft from USS Constellation (CVA-64) and USS Hancock (CVA 19) made short work of the attackers, sinking all three with bombs, rockets, and 20mm cannon fire. After the attack, Coontz pulled 19 survivors from the water. Constellation returned from the WESTPAC deployment on 3 December 1966. Commander Cummings was the commanding officer of the Coontz. His awards include the Legion of Merit with combat V, a Bronze Star and two Navy Commendation Medals, one with a combat V.

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Jack Hoel ’58 was also lost in this crash.


Class of 1947

Charles is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.