VIETNAM - CUNNINGHAM, NORMAN NORTHRO

Cunningham, Norman Northrop

VIETNAM - CUNNINGHAM, NORMAN NORTHRO
CUNNINGHAM, NORMAN NORTHRO

Rank: Major

Unit: Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 1204 – Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with Valor Device and 14 with Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Army Aviator Badge

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: O-1G, Tail # 51-4570, Observer

Enlisted by: Regular

Commission Source: United States Military Academy Class of 1961

Date of birth: 24-Oct-1937

Hometown: Van Nuys, California

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 7-Jun-1961

Start of tour: 16-Mar-1968

Incident date: 24-Sep-1968

Date of casualty: 24-Sep-1968

Age at death: 30

Cause of death: Non-Hostile – Died While Missing. Aircraft Crash — Passenger (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Norman Northro Cunningham died from injuries received while observer on a military aircraft on a reconnaissance mission when the aircraft crashed for unknown reasons.

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, California, USA

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AIR MEDAL

AIR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE

MAJOR NORMAN NORTHRO CUNNINGHAM, ARMOR
17 JULY 1968
AIR CAVALRY TROOP
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Major Cunningham distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight on 17 July 1968 while serving with the Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while flying an aerial reconnaissance mission, Major Cunningham, through highly professional use of aerial reconnaissance tactics, compelled an unknown-size enemy force to fire upon his aircraft, thereby revealing their concealed positions. Totally disregarding his own personal safety in the face of the heavy concentration of enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire, he then continued his reconnaissance of the immediate area, pinpointing the enemy positions. He then accurately directed artillery fire into the enemy concentration, forcing the hostile force to abandon their concealed positions and withdraw from the area. Major Cunningham’s outstanding flying ability and unwavering devotion to duty while under hostile fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 867 (7 August 1968)