Cummings, Charles W, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1973-1974, 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

Date of Passing
Sep 11, 1974
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  1974, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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US NavyUSS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7)COMFIFTHFLT
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Carpenter (DD-825)Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
USS Coontz (DLG-9)CNO - OPNAV9th Naval District
  1946-1947, USS Duluth (CL-87)
  1947-1948, USS Duluth (CL-87)
  1948-1950, USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)
  1950-1951, Broken Service
  1951-1953, USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7)
  1953-1955, COMFIFTHFLT/Fifth Amphibious Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  1959-1960, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1960-1960, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1960-1961, USS Bradford (DD-545)
  1961-1962, USS Brown (DD-546)
  1962-1964, USS Carpenter (DD-825)
  1964-1965, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
  1965-1967, USS Coontz (DLG-9)
  1967-1971, Major Commands
  1972-1973, CNO - OPNAV
  1973-1974, 9th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Stanford UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyNaval War CollegeIndustrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1941-1943, Stanford University
  1943-1946, United States Naval Academy
  1956-1958, Naval War College
  1964-1965, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
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  Sep 11, 1974, Air Crash, 9/11 1974
  Jun 21, 2014, General Photos
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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. 
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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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