PETER M. CUNNINGHAM, MAJ, USAF

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Peter Cunningham '59

Date of birth: October 23, 1936

Date of death: September 18, 1969

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1959 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Wikipedia:

18 September 1969: A U.S. Air Force twin engine Douglas C-47 Skytrain crashed just after takeoff from McChord AFB in Tacoma, Washington. It came down in a wooded area just south of the runway. Five men died and seven other men were injured. Killed were Army 1st Lt. Joseph R. Baxter, assigned to Madigan General Hospital at neighboring Ft. Lewis, who died six hours after the crash; Lt. Col. Robert E. Walker, pilot and commander of a detachment of the 15th Weather Squadron at McChord; the co-pilot, Capt. Peter Cunningham of Tacoma; Air Force TSgt. Donald G. Love, the flight engineer, also assigned to McChord and an Army man, who was not immediately identified. The injured Air Force personnel were MSgt. William B. Johnston of McChord; Lt. Col. Jack S. McKinley of Virginia; Sgt. William D. Wallace of West Virginia; TSgt. Billy D. Byrd of Tucson, Arizona; and Sgt. Charles L. Andrews of Florida. Injured Navy personnel were PO 2C Charles B. Nichols of California, and PO 3C. Darrell E. Calentine of California. Also injured was a retired Air Force MSgt. Granville Hicks of Missouri.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Letters and other mementos from his life were sold to a Vietnam memorabilia collector following his wife's death.

Note

His gravestone has a rank of Captain but Memorial Hall has Major.

Unable to find a citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross listed on his gravestone.


Class of 1959

Peter is one of 31 members of the Class of 1959 in Memorial Hall.