Cummins, Lawrence Delworth, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 000X, USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)
Service Years
1943 - 1971
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Captain

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Date of Passing
Jan 06, 2007
 
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Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
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01Feb07 - Capt. L. D. Cummins, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was born on Feb. 18, 1921 in Webster Groves. Mo. He attended Washington University in St. Louis prior to entrance in the Naval Academy. He received his commission as ensign with the 1944 class. He progress from junior ensign on the USS Hughes in 1943 to gunnery officer in the closing stages of World War II and finally served as executive officer from December 1945 to September 1946.



He next reported to Commander Destroyer Flotilla Three and served with that staff in China as flag lieutenant and communications officer. His duty assignments have commanding officer of LSMR 403; aide to the commandant, Fourth Naval District; executive officer of the USS Newman K. Perry; command staff course, Naval War College; destroyer detail desk, Bureau of Naval Personnel; commanding officer of the USS Bauer; training and readiness section, staff commander cruiser-destroyer Force Pacific; commanding officer of the USS Towers; staff of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; chief of Navy Section, MAAG, Denmark and assistant chief of staff, operations and readiness, staff of commander First Fleet.



Decorations and awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with six battle starts, Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Asiatic,) China Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with two battle stars and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. He retired in 1971.



Del was the father to six children, three of his own: Larry Cummins of Bisbee, Ariz.; Karen Pida of Falls Church, Va.; Sharon Cummins of Chula Vista; and three of Pat's children; Kimberly Kelbe of Albuquerque, N.M.; Karen Kaufman of Coronado; and Kenneth Kaufman of San Diego



Del resided with his wife of 32 years, Patricia, in Coronado.



Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.



Coronado Eagle & Journal

1/26/2007

   


World War II
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

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Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war, and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated as soldiers or as war workers, while others were persecuted as victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

The War at Home & Abroad

On September 1, 1939, World War II started when Germany invaded Poland. By November 1942, the Axis powers controlled territory from Norway to North Africa and from France to the Soviet Union. After defeating the Axis in North Africa in May 1941, the United States and its Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943 and forced Italy to surrender in September. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Northern France. In December, a German counteroffensive (the Battle of the Bulge) failed. Germany surrendered in May 1945.

The United States entered the war following a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The United States and its Allies halted Japanese expansion at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 and in other campaigns in the South Pacific. From 1943 to August 1945, the Allies hopped from island to island across the Central Pacific and also battled the Japanese in China, Burma, and India. Japan agreed to surrender on August 14, 1945 after the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Consequences:

1. The war ended Depression unemployment and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. It led the federal government to create a War Production Board to oversee conversion to a wartime economy and the Office of Price Administration to set prices on many items and to supervise a rationing system.

2. During the war, African Americans, women, and Mexican Americans founded new opportunities in industry. But Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were relocated from their homes and placed in internment camps.

The Dawn of the Atomic Age

In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, warning him that the Nazis might be able to build an atomic bomb. On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, an Italian refugee, produced the first self-sustained, controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago.

To ensure that the United States developed a bomb before Nazi Germany did, the federal government started the secret $2 billion Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo, the Manhattan Project's scientists exploded the first atomic bomb.

It was during the Potsdam negotiations that President Harry Truman learned that American scientists had tested the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, released an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed or fatally wounded. Three days later, a second bomb fell on Nagasaki. About 35,000 people were killed. The following day Japan sued for peace.

President Truman's defenders argued that the bombs ended the war quickly, avoiding the necessity of a costly invasion and the probable loss of tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives. His critics argued that the war might have ended even without the atomic bombings. They maintained that the Japanese economy would have been strangled by a continued naval blockade, and that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional firebombing or by a demonstration of the atomic bomb's power.

The unleashing of nuclear power during World War II generated hope of a cheap and abundant source of energy, but it also produced anxiety among large numbers of people in the United States and around the world.
   
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