Last Address Air Loss, Crash Eastern Flight 212 September 11, 1974 Douglas Municipal Airport Charlotte, South Carolina
Casualty Date Sep 11, 1974
Cause Not Specified
Reason Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location South Carolina
Conflict Cold War Era (1945-1991)*
Location of Interment Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates Not Specified
Last Known Activity
Listed as FALLEN. Killed while on duty in-service to the United States Navy.
Rear Admiral Charles Ward Cummings WWII • KOREA • VIET-NAM 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.