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== Namesake ==
== Namesake ==
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Damon_M._Cummings_(DE-643) USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643)] was named for Damon; the ship was sponsored by his widow.
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Damon_M._Cummings_(DE-643) USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643)] was named for Damon; the ship was sponsored by his widow.
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{{ND|date=July 1931|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALBERT H. ROOKS, CAPT, USN|LCDR Albert Rooks '14]], [[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Grove '30]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|ENS Arthur Spring '30]], [[JAMES H. KELSEY, JR., ENS, USN|ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31]], and [[LION T. MILES, LT, USN|ENS Lion Miles '31]]}}
{{ND|date=October 1931|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALBERT H. ROOKS, CAPT, USN|LCDR Albert Rooks '14]], [[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Grove '30]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|ENS Arthur Spring '30]], [[JAMES H. KELSEY, JR., ENS, USN|ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31]], and [[LION T. MILES, LT, USN|ENS Lion Miles '31]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=January 1932|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALBERT H. ROOKS, CAPT, USN|LCDR Albert Rooks '14]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|ENS Arthur Spring '30]], [[JAMES H. KELSEY, JR., ENS, USN|ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31]], and [[LION T. MILES, LT, USN|ENS Lion Miles '31]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=April 1932|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALBERT H. ROOKS, CAPT, USN|LCDR Albert Rooks '14]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|ENS Arthur Spring '30]], [[JAMES H. KELSEY, JR., ENS, USN|ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31]], and [[LION T. MILES, LT, USN|ENS Lion Miles '31]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=October 1932|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALBERT H. ROOKS, CAPT, USN|LCDR Albert Rooks '14]], [[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Grove '30]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|ENS Arthur Spring '30]], and [[JAMES H. KELSEY, JR., ENS, USN|ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=January 1933|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALBERT H. ROOKS, CAPT, USN|LCDR Albert Rooks '14]], [[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Grove '30]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|ENS Arthur Spring '30]], and [[JAMES H. KELSEY, JR., ENS, USN|ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=April 1933|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALBERT H. ROOKS, CAPT, USN|LCDR Albert Rooks '14]] and [[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Grove '30]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=July 1933|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Grove '30]] and [[CLEO R. KEEN, 1LT, USMC|2LT Cleo Keen '32]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and [[ALFRED B. TUCKER, III, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=October 1933|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Grove '30]] and [[CLEO R. KEEN, 1LT, USMC|2LT Cleo Keen '32]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and [[ALFRED B. TUCKER, III, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=April 1934|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Grove '30]] and [[CLEO R. KEEN, 1LT, USMC|2LT Cleo Keen '32]]|others2=[[JOHN M. DUKE, LT, USN|LTjg John Duke '26]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and [[ALFRED B. TUCKER, III, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=July 1934|rank=Ensign|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Grove '30]], [[CLEO R. KEEN, 1LT, USMC|2LT Cleo Keen '32]], and [[THOMPSON C. GUTHRIE, JR., LTJG, USN|ENS Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34]]|others2=[[ROBERT T. SYMES, LT, USN|LTjg Robert Symes '27]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and [[ALFRED B. TUCKER, III, LCDR, USN|ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=October 1934|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Grove '30]] and [[THOMPSON C. GUTHRIE, JR., LTJG, USN|ENS Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34]]|others2=[[ROBERT T. SYMES, LT, USN|LTjg Robert Symes '27]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and [[ALFRED B. TUCKER, III, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=January 1935|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Northampton|others=[[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Grove '30]] and [[THOMPSON C. GUTHRIE, JR., LTJG, USN|ENS Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34]]|others2=[[ROBERT T. SYMES, LT, USN|LTjg Robert Symes '27]] (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)}}
{{ND|date=April 1935|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Monaghan}}
{{ND|date=October 1935|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Monaghan}}
{{ND|date=January 1936|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Monaghan}}
{{ND|date=April 1936|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Monaghan}}
{{ND|date=July 1936|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Monaghan}}
{{ND|date=January 1937|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Monaghan}}
{{ND|date=April 1937|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Monaghan|billet=communications officer}}
{{ND|date=September 1937|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=Naval Academy|billet=under instruction|others=[[DONALD C. GODWIN, CAPT, USN|CDR Donald Godwin '11]], [[ROBERT W. BEDILION, CDR, USN|LT Robert Bedilion '22]], [[WILLIAM M. HOBBY, JR., CDR, USN|LT William Hobby, Jr. '23]], [[RICHARD S. BARON, LCDR, USN|LT Richard Baron '24]], [[ANDREW E. HARRIS, CDR, USN|LT Andrew Harris '25]], [[HAROLD C. POUND, LCDR, USN|LT Harold Pound '25]], [[RICHARD H. GINGRAS, LCDR, USN|LT Richard Gingras '25]], [[WILLIAM W. GRAHAM, JR., LCDR, USN|LT William Graham, Jr. '25]], [[RALPH HICKOX, LCDR, USN|LT Ralph Hickox '27]], [[EGBERT A. ROTH, CDR, USN|LTjg Egbert Roth '29]], [[JOHN M. BERMINGHAM, LCDR, USN|LTjg John Bermingham '29]], [[RODERICK S. ROONEY, CDR, USN|LTjg Roderick Rooney '29]], [[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Grove '30]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|LTjg Arthur Spring '30]], [[JAMES E. KYES, CDR, USN|LTjg James Kyes '30]], [[JAMES W. COE, CDR, USN|LTjg James Coe '30]], [[JOHN H. ARMSTRONG, JR., LCDR, USN|LTjg John Armstrong, Jr. '30]], [[JOHN J. SHAFFER, III, CDR, USN|LTjg John Shaffer, III '30]], [[JOHN K. BISSON, LCDR, USN|LTjg John Bisson '30]], [[JOSHUA J. NIX, LCDR, USN|LTjg Joshua Nix '30]], [[LYNNE C. QUIGGLE, RADM, USN|LTjg Lynne Quiggle '30]], [[RAYMOND L. MAYO, CDR, USN|LTjg Raymond Mayo '30]], [[ROBERT W. GERMANY, JR., LT, USN|LTjg Robert Germany, Jr. '30]], [[RUSSELL R. ROSS, LT, USN|LTjg Russell Ross '30]], [[VICTOR S. GAULIN, LT, USN|LTjg Victor Gaulin '30]], [[GEORGE R. STONE, LCDR, USN|LTjg George Stone '31]], [[HENRY E. BROSSY, LCDR, USN|LTjg Henry Brossy '31]], [[LEE S. PANCAKE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Lee Pancake '31]], [[WILLIS M. THOMAS, CDR, USN|LTjg Willis Thomas '31]], and [[WILLIAM A. THORN, CAPT, USN|LTjg William Thorn '32]]|others2=[[EARL K. OLSEN, LCDR, USN|LT Earl Olsen '26]] (Engineering Experiment Station, Naval Academy)}}
{{ND|date=January 1938|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=Naval Academy|billet=under instruction|others=[[DONALD C. GODWIN, CAPT, USN|CDR Donald Godwin '11]], [[ROBERT W. BEDILION, CDR, USN|LT Robert Bedilion '22]], [[WILLIAM M. HOBBY, JR., CDR, USN|LT William Hobby, Jr. '23]], [[RICHARD S. BARON, LCDR, USN|LT Richard Baron '24]], [[ANDREW E. HARRIS, CDR, USN|LT Andrew Harris '25]], [[HAROLD C. POUND, LCDR, USN|LT Harold Pound '25]], [[RICHARD H. GINGRAS, LCDR, USN|LT Richard Gingras '25]], [[WILLIAM W. GRAHAM, JR., LCDR, USN|LT William Graham, Jr. '25]], [[RALPH HICKOX, LCDR, USN|LT Ralph Hickox '27]], [[EGBERT A. ROTH, CDR, USN|LT Egbert Roth '29]], [[JOHN M. BERMINGHAM, LCDR, USN|LT John Bermingham '29]], [[RODERICK S. ROONEY, CDR, USN|LT Roderick Rooney '29]], [[ALFRED E. GROVE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Alfred Grove '30]], [[ARTHUR F. SPRING, RADM, USN|LTjg Arthur Spring '30]], [[JAMES E. KYES, CDR, USN|LTjg James Kyes '30]], [[JAMES W. COE, CDR, USN|LTjg James Coe '30]], [[JOHN H. ARMSTRONG, JR., LCDR, USN|LTjg John Armstrong, Jr. '30]], [[JOHN J. SHAFFER, III, CDR, USN|LTjg John Shaffer, III '30]], [[JOHN K. BISSON, LCDR, USN|LTjg John Bisson '30]], [[JOSHUA J. NIX, LCDR, USN|LTjg Joshua Nix '30]], [[LYNNE C. QUIGGLE, RADM, USN|LT Lynne Quiggle '30]], [[RAYMOND L. MAYO, CDR, USN|LTjg Raymond Mayo '30]], [[ROBERT W. GERMANY, JR., LT, USN|LTjg Robert Germany, Jr. '30]], [[RUSSELL R. ROSS, LT, USN|LTjg Russell Ross '30]], [[VICTOR S. GAULIN, LT, USN|LT Victor Gaulin '30]], [[GEORGE R. STONE, LCDR, USN|LTjg George Stone '31]], [[HENRY E. BROSSY, LCDR, USN|LTjg Henry Brossy '31]], [[LEE S. PANCAKE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Lee Pancake '31]], [[WILLIS M. THOMAS, CDR, USN|LTjg Willis Thomas '31]], and [[WILLIAM A. THORN, CAPT, USN|LTjg William Thorn '32]]|others2=[[EARL K. OLSEN, LCDR, USN|LT Earl Olsen '26]] (Engineering Experiment Station, Naval Academy)}}
{{ND|date=July 1938|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=Naval Academy|billet=under instruction|others=[[ROBERT W. BEDILION, CDR, USN|LCDR Robert Bedilion '22]], [[WILLIAM M. HOBBY, JR., CDR, USN|LT William Hobby, Jr. '23]], [[RICHARD S. BARON, LCDR, USN|LT Richard Baron '24]], [[ANDREW E. HARRIS, CDR, USN|LT Andrew Harris '25]], [[HAROLD C. POUND, LCDR, USN|LT Harold Pound '25]], [[WILLIAM W. GRAHAM, JR., LCDR, USN|LT William Graham, Jr. '25]], [[HILAN EBERT, LCDR, USN|LT Hilan Ebert '26]], [[EGBERT A. ROTH, CDR, USN|LT Egbert Roth '29]], [[JOHN M. BERMINGHAM, LCDR, USN|LT John Bermingham '29]], [[JAMES E. KYES, CDR, USN|LTjg James Kyes '30]], [[JAMES W. COE, CDR, USN|LTjg James Coe '30]], [[JOHN J. SHAFFER, III, CDR, USN|LTjg John Shaffer, III '30]], [[JOHN K. BISSON, LCDR, USN|LT John Bisson '30]], [[JOSHUA J. NIX, LCDR, USN|LTjg Joshua Nix '30]], [[LYNNE C. QUIGGLE, RADM, USN|LT Lynne Quiggle '30]], [[RAYMOND L. MAYO, CDR, USN|LTjg Raymond Mayo '30]], [[RUSSELL R. ROSS, LT, USN|LTjg Russell Ross '30]], [[VICTOR S. GAULIN, LT, USN|LT Victor Gaulin '30]], [[ANDREW P. STEWART, LT, USN|LTjg Andrew Stewart '31]], [[BENJAMIN GHETZLER, LT, USN|LTjg Benjamin Ghetzler '31]], [[CLIFFORD T. JANZ, LT, USN|LTjg Clifford Janz '31]], [[ELLIOTT E. MARSHALL, CDR, USN|LTjg Elliott Marshall '31]], [[GEORGE R. STONE, LCDR, USN|LTjg George Stone '31]], [[HENRY E. BROSSY, LCDR, USN|LTjg Henry Brossy '31]], [[HOWARD J. ABBOTT, LT, USN|LTjg Howard Abbott '31]], [[LEE S. PANCAKE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Lee Pancake '31]], [[LION T. MILES, LT, USN|LTjg Lion Miles '31]], [[RALPH W. ELDEN, LT, USN|LTjg Ralph Elden '31]], [[SEYMOUR D. OWENS, CDR, USN|LTjg Seymour Owens '31]], [[THOMAS ASHWORTH, JR., LT, USN|LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31]], [[WALTER C. BAILEY, LT, USN|LTjg Walter Bailey '31]], [[WARD BRONSON, LCDR, USN|LTjg Ward Bronson '31]], [[WILLIS M. THOMAS, CDR, USN|LTjg Willis Thomas '31]], [[EDWIN W. HURST, LT, USN|LTjg Edwin Hurst '32]], [[ERNEST D. HODGE, LT, USN|LTjg Ernest Hodge '32]], and [[WILLIAM R. KANE, CAPT, USN|LTjg William Kane '33]]|others2=[[EARL K. OLSEN, LCDR, USN|LT Earl Olsen '26]] (Engineering Experiment Station, Naval Academy)}}
{{ND|date=January 1939|rank=Lieutenant|command=Naval Academy|billet=under instruction|others=[[RAYMOND A. HANSEN, CDR, USN|LCDR Raymond Hansen '22]], [[ROBERT W. BEDILION, CDR, USN|LCDR Robert Bedilion '22]], [[WILLIAM M. HOBBY, JR., CDR, USN|LCDR William Hobby, Jr. '23]], [[RICHARD S. BARON, LCDR, USN|LT Richard Baron '24]], [[ANDREW E. HARRIS, CDR, USN|LT Andrew Harris '25]], [[HAROLD C. POUND, LCDR, USN|LT Harold Pound '25]], [[WILLIAM W. GRAHAM, JR., LCDR, USN|LT William Graham, Jr. '25]], [[HILAN EBERT, LCDR, USN|LT Hilan Ebert '26]], [[EGBERT A. ROTH, CDR, USN|LT Egbert Roth '29]], [[JOHN M. BERMINGHAM, LCDR, USN|LT John Bermingham '29]], [[JAMES E. KYES, CDR, USN|LT James Kyes '30]], [[JAMES W. COE, CDR, USN|LT James Coe '30]], [[JOHN J. SHAFFER, III, CDR, USN|LT John Shaffer, III '30]], [[JOHN K. BISSON, LCDR, USN|LT John Bisson '30]], [[JOSHUA J. NIX, LCDR, USN|LT Joshua Nix '30]], [[LYNNE C. QUIGGLE, RADM, USN|LT Lynne Quiggle '30]], [[RAYMOND L. MAYO, CDR, USN|LT Raymond Mayo '30]], [[RUSSELL R. ROSS, LT, USN|LT Russell Ross '30]], [[VICTOR S. GAULIN, LT, USN|LT Victor Gaulin '30]], [[ANDREW P. STEWART, LT, USN|LTjg Andrew Stewart '31]], [[BENJAMIN GHETZLER, LT, USN|LTjg Benjamin Ghetzler '31]], [[CLIFFORD T. JANZ, LT, USN|LTjg Clifford Janz '31]], [[ELLIOTT E. MARSHALL, CDR, USN|LTjg Elliott Marshall '31]], [[GEORGE R. STONE, LCDR, USN|LTjg George Stone '31]], [[HENRY E. BROSSY, LCDR, USN|LT Henry Brossy '31]], [[HOWARD J. ABBOTT, LT, USN|LTjg Howard Abbott '31]], [[LEE S. PANCAKE, LCDR, USN|LTjg Lee Pancake '31]], [[LION T. MILES, LT, USN|LTjg Lion Miles '31]], [[RALPH W. ELDEN, LT, USN|LTjg Ralph Elden '31]], [[SEYMOUR D. OWENS, CDR, USN|LTjg Seymour Owens '31]], [[THOMAS ASHWORTH, JR., LT, USN|LT Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31]], [[WALTER C. BAILEY, LT, USN|LTjg Walter Bailey '31]], [[WARD BRONSON, LCDR, USN|LTjg Ward Bronson '31]], [[WILLIS M. THOMAS, CDR, USN|LTjg Willis Thomas '31]], [[EDWIN W. HURST, LT, USN|LTjg Edwin Hurst '32]], and [[ERNEST D. HODGE, LT, USN|LTjg Ernest Hodge '32]]|others2=[[EARL K. OLSEN, LCDR, USN|LT Earl Olsen '26]] (Engineering Experiment Station, Naval Academy)}}
{{ND|date=October 1939|rank=Lieutenant|command=Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark|billet=staff}}
{{ND|date=June 1940|rank=Lieutenant|command=Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark|billet=staff|others=[[HILAN EBERT, LCDR, USN|LT Hilan Ebert '26]]}}
{{ND|date=November 1940|rank=Lieutenant|command=Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark|billet=staff|others=[[HILAN EBERT, LCDR, USN|LT Hilan Ebert '26]]}}
{{ND|date=April 1941|rank=Lieutenant|command=Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark|billet=staff|others=[[HILAN EBERT, LCDR, USN|LCDR Hilan Ebert '26]]}}


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Damon Cummings '31

Date of birth: January 30, 1910

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

1931 Cummings LB.jpg

Damon Morris Cummings

Washington, D.C.

"Bill"

The man with a sense of humor and an elastic patience is greatly desired for company by all men. Bill has these and more!

He came to our class early in the summer of 1927 with a knowledge of sea lore which was a constant source of wonder to us all; the rudiments from book diversions in Lawrence School and St. Alban's; the experience and the practical sides from summers in Jamestown. Conscientious work, however, has brought its returns; so that "horizontal exercise" has crept into the off hours of Bill's days. He seeks the realms of Morpheus in order that the next seconds may be better filled with hard work and cheeriness towards others.

"Still water runs deep." And so it is with this unassuming student, who, with all the worries available from Academic troubles, manages to keep a cheery smile and both feet on the upper side of the line. With his native determination and ability to make friends, his life in the Service will be a pleasure to him and his shipmates.

Reception Committee 3, 2, 1; Reef Points; 1 P.O.


BIll was a member of the Reception Committee.

1931 Cummings LB.jpg

Damon Morris Cummings

Washington, D.C.

"Bill"

The man with a sense of humor and an elastic patience is greatly desired for company by all men. Bill has these and more!

He came to our class early in the summer of 1927 with a knowledge of sea lore which was a constant source of wonder to us all; the rudiments from book diversions in Lawrence School and St. Alban's; the experience and the practical sides from summers in Jamestown. Conscientious work, however, has brought its returns; so that "horizontal exercise" has crept into the off hours of Bill's days. He seeks the realms of Morpheus in order that the next seconds may be better filled with hard work and cheeriness towards others.

"Still water runs deep." And so it is with this unassuming student, who, with all the worries available from Academic troubles, manages to keep a cheery smile and both feet on the upper side of the line. With his native determination and ability to make friends, his life in the Service will be a pleasure to him and his shipmates.

Reception Committee 3, 2, 1; Reef Points; 1 P.O.


BIll was a member of the Reception Committee.

Loss

Damon was lost when USS San Francisco (CA 38) was severely damaged during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942. He was on the staff of the Commander, South Pacific Force (aka Task Force 67), led by Daniel Callaghan '11, who was also lost in this action.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

He is buried at sea and his memorial is on the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

Biography

From Wikipedia:

Damon Morris Cummings was born on January 30, 1910 in Belvidere, Illinois, the son of then-Ensign (later Captain) Damon Earhart Cummings (1885–1969) and Ennis Frances Morris. He graduated in 1927 from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and from the United States Naval Academy on June 4, 1931.

He served in heavy cruiser USS Northampton (CA-26) and destroyer USS Monaghan (DD-354) and had staff duty at Naval Submarine Base New London at New London, Connecticut, and with Destroyer Squadron 3 (DesRon 3).

While serving on the staff of Vice Admiral William F. Halsey—the Commander, South Pacific Force (COMSOPAC) -- Lieutenant Commander Cummings was killed in action on board heavy cruiser San Francisco (CA-38) on the night of 12–13 November 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Damon Morris Cummings (NSN: 0-70295), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession on the Staff of the Commander, South Pacific Force, serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion the force to which Lieutenant Commander Cummings was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior enemy force, inflicting heavy damage upon them and preventing the accomplishment of their intended mission. This daring and intrepid attack, brilliantly executed, led to a great victory for his country's forces. By his indomitable fighting spirit, expert seamanship, and gallant devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Cummings contributed largely to the success of the battle and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Staff of the Commander
Regiment: South Pacific Force
Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)

Namesake

USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) was named for Damon; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1931
Ensign, USS Northampton

October 1931
Ensign, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
January 1932
Ensign, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
April 1932
Ensign, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
October 1932
Ensign, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
January 1933
Ensign, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
April 1933
Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LCDR Albert Rooks '14 and ENS Alfred Grove '30

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
July 1933
Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: ENS Alfred Grove '30 and 2LT Cleo Keen '32

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
October 1933
Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 and 2LT Cleo Keen '32

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
April 1934
Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 and 2LT Cleo Keen '32

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
July 1934
Ensign, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
October 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
January 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
April 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Monaghan
October 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Monaghan
January 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Monaghan
April 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Monaghan
July 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Monaghan
January 1937
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Monaghan
April 1937
Lieutenant (j.g.), communications officer, USS Monaghan
October 1939
Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark
June 1940
Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark

Others at this command: LT Hilan Ebert '26
November 1940
Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark

Others at this command: LT Hilan Ebert '26
April 1941
Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 3, USS Clark

Others at this command: LCDR Hilan Ebert '26


Class of 1931

Damon is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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