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Orville James Cunningham
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1893
Piper
Wyandotte County
Kansas, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 1943
Paris, France

Son of James Stephens and Lillie A (Blankenship) Cunningham.

He was born and raised in Piper/Prairie Township, Kansas.

His siblings were:
Richard Mack Cunningham (1887–1965)
Lucy J Cunningham (1889– )
Earl Read Cunningham (1892–1963)
Forrest Bain Cunningham Sr (1895–1964)
Dewey Virgil Cunningham (1898–1965)
Charles Cunningham (1900-1982)
Carl Cunningham (1902– )

He was married to Louise Eugenie Cunningham and had a daughter named Lillie Cunningham.

Listed cause of death was Angina pectoris.

The following information provided by Rebbeca Lyne:

Orville came to France after his WWI service in the US Navy where he served as cook. He stayed in France and eventually married and had at least one child. He earned his living by running a restaurant in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

Orville is considered and has been recognized in France as a literal hero of the French Resistance during the Nazi Occupation of France.

As an American in France during the occupation, Orville would have immediately been considered an enemy of the German forces. Like all Americans in Paris when the Nazis marched in, he would have been on a watch list and very likey had been rounded up at least once and imprisoned for a period of time, then let go. This happened to many Americas immediately in 1940 when the Nazis came in. Most Americans in Paris would have either left the country altogether or fled south to Free France territory. He was finally arrested by the Nazis in 1942 and held for several months. He did not die of natural causes, but rather it appears he was actually executed by the Gestapo on December 4, 1943 for his role in the Resistance. He was a hero!
 
 
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 Parents:
  Lillie A Blankenship Cunningham (1868 - 1935)
 
 Siblings:
  Richard Mack Cunningham (1887 - 1965)*
  Earl Read Cunningham (1892 - 1963)*
  Orville James Cunningham (1893 - 1943)
  Forrest Bain Cunningham (1895 - 1964)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Neuilly-sur-Seine New Communal Cemetery
Neuilly-sur-Seine
Departement des Hauts-de-Seine
Île-de-France, France
Plot: American Legion lot
 
Created by: Shani Miller
Record added: Mar 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86201007
Orville James Cunningham
Added by: Shani Miller
 
Orville James Cunningham
Added by: Shani Miller
 
Orville James Cunningham
Added by: Shani Miller
 
 
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Dear Shani,I think it is wonderful that you have updated Orvile's information. I hope to be of further help in the future as I continue to explore and research the life of this fascinating man.I will be visiting his grave in Neuilly-sur-Seine as soon as I...(Read more)
- Rebecca Lyne
 Added: Apr. 19, 2012
Dear Shani,Are you any relation to Orville James Cunningham who died in France in 1943?If so, I should tell you that the information you have on his memorial is not accurate. I have been researching this gentleman since 2009. I live in Paris and would lik...(Read more)
- Rebecca Lyne
 Added: Apr. 7, 2012
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- Shani Miller
 Added: Mar. 3, 2012
 
 
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