Cunningham, Winfield Scott, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1947-1950, NATTC (Staff) Memphis, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)
Service Years
1919 - 1950
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Rockbridge, WI
Last Address
Memphis, TN

Date of Passing
Mar 03, 1986
Location of Interment
Memphis National Cemetery - Memphis, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
F 1

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Other Comments:

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Wake Island
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Winfield Scott Cunningham (NSN: 0-56074), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station, Wake Island, where he was responsible for directing defenses of that post during the Japanese siege from 7 through 22 December 1941, against impossible odds. Commander Cunningham's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAS PensacolaVO-2US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
VF-2B Tall DogsNAS OaklandPrisoner of WarNATTC (Staff)  Memphis, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)
  1919-1919, USS Martha Washington (ID 3019)
  1919-1919, USS Galveston (CL-93)
  1919-1920, USS Tattnall (DD-125)
  1920-1921, USS Scorpion (PY-3)
  1921-1921, USS Whipple (DD-217)
  1922-1922, USS Tracy (DD-214)
  1922-1923, USS Pampanga (PG-39)
  1923-1925, USS Milwaukee (CL-5)
  1925-1925, NAS Pensacola
  1926-1926, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1927-1927, VO-2
  1928-1930, NAS Ford Island
  1931-1931, VO-2B
  1931-1932, VO-4B
  1933-1933, USS California (BB-44)
  1933-1935, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1935-1936, VF-2B Tall Dogs
  1936-1938, VF-7B
  1939-1939, NAS Oakland
  1940-1941, USS Wright (AV-1)
  1941-1941, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1941-1941, Naval Activities, Wake Island, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1941-1945, Japan, Prisoner of War
  1946-1946, NAS Pensacola
  1946-1947, USS Curtiss (AV-4)
  1947-1950, NATTC (Staff) Memphis, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Wake Island2
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1916-1919, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Prisoner of War - 1,330 days
  Jun 07, 1922, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 07, 1925, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Aug 01, 1935, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Apr 01, 1941, Promoted to Commander
  Dec 03, 1941, Message from Wake Island
  Dec 24, 1941, Message from Wake Island
  Jun 20, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Jun 30, 1950, Retired from Naval Service
  Jun 30, 1950, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Jan 01, 1961, AUTHOR - Wake Island Command (1961)1
  Mar 03, 1986, Death of Admiral Cunningham2
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