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PVT Ralph J. Cunningham
U.S. Army





Sources:
- American Legion Post 146, Winthrop, Mass.
- National Archives
- American Battle Monuments Commission
- HonorStates.org

Ralph J. Cunningham - U.S. Army, WWII - served with the 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Div. He was killed in action June 6, 1944, D-Day. He parachuted over France in the early morning of D-Day with a "stik" of 16 landing eight miles from the designated drop zone of Ste. Mere Eglise due to pilot error. He was captured with two other paratroopers shortly thereafter. He and his comrades were held for a few hours at a monastery in St. Sauveur, France. Later he was marched down a road and executed, all three with shots to the head. Due to the type of wounds, an investigation followed and a German POW being held at Ft. Devens, MA said he witnessed the execution but did not admit any involvement. PVT Cunningham was buried in the Normandy-American Cemetery, Colleville-Sur-Mer, France.

Winthrop High School Class of 1931

Memorial location: Corner of Main and Paine streets

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