CUMMINGS, Charles W, RADM Fallen
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary Designator/NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Last Duty Station
1973-1974, Naval District/9th Naval District
Service Years
1943 - 1974
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Air Loss, Crash
Eastern Flight 212
September 11, 1974
Douglas Municipal Airport
Charlotte, South Carolina

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1974
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Air Loss, Crash - Land
South Carolina
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  1974, In the Line of Duty

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Listed as FALLEN. Killed while on duty in-service to the United States Navy.

Rear Admiral Charles Ward Cummings

July 18, 1923 - September 11, 1974
Eastern Flight 212

Eastern Airlines Flight 212 crashed short of Douglas Airport at Charlotte, South Carolina. Seventy-two people died including the pilot, Captain James Reeves, Rear Admiral Charles Ward Cummings, the acting commandant of the now-defunct 6th Naval District, headquartered in Charleston, and his aide, Captain Felix Vecchione. Cummings had been named Commandant of the 6th Naval District in Charleston just six days prior to the accident. 

RAdm. C. W. Cummings

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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 43 Other Members:
  • Bradford, J W, CDR, 1977
  • Daniels, Larry, LT, 1988
  • Dunbar, Dormos, PO1
  • Dunn, Sr., Bernard, CAPT, 1988
  • Eaton, David, CPO, 1995
  • Ewing, Michael, PO3, 1978
  • Ferguson, Michael, CAPT, 1990
  • Fletcher, Kent, PO1, 1995
  • Galloway, Richard, CAPT, 1977
  • Garvin, Furman, PO3, 1975
  • Goodrich, Kent, PO2, 1975
  • Hardy, Brenton, CAPT, 1989
  • Haskell, Charles, LCDR, 1986
  • Hays, Ronald, ADM, 1988
  • Ives, James, LCDR, 1998
  • Kracha, John, LCDR, 1974
  • Lord, Frederick, LT, 1985
  • McIntyre, John, CAPT, 1979
  • Miller, Robert, CAPT, 1982
  • Perry, Eugene, CDR, 1992
  • Potts, Robert, SCPO, 1992
  • Raper, Albert, CDR, 1974
  • Reis, James, MCPO, 1989
  • Rounds, Richard, CAPT, 1979
  • Singer, Edward, CDR, 1976
  • Smith, Howard, PO2, 1975
  • Sprinkle, Gene, CPO, 1981
  • Tompkins, Charles, MCPO, 1977
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