R.D. Cunningham IP: 126.96.36.199 Posted on July 1, 2020 at 11:09:53 AM by John R.
R.D. Cunningham entered into the nearer presence of our Lord on June 27, 2020
After high school, he joined the United States Navy where he proudly served in the Seabees for 20 years, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
R.D.ís naval service included tours in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, California, Washington, D.C. and Texas. His distinguished career included time as an instructor, in recruitment, and working on highly sensitive construction projects for the U.S. Navy Seals and the Atomic Energy Commission. He was recognized for valor with the Republic of Vietnam Technical Service Honors Medal and the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V device for leading actions which saved a 75-vehicle convoy during an attack by the Viet Cong on Highway 1, which he helped build. R.D. also led a successful escape attempt after he and his work crew were captured in the jungle by Viet Cong soldiers and were being marched towards a prison camp further inside Vietnam. Despite his wounds, he ensured the safety of all the sailors in his command and their return to their unit. He was proud that in two tours in Vietnam, he never lost a sailor in his charge.