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Spec Jacob Henry "Jay" Cunningham, III
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1946
Davidson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 1967
Kon Tum, Vietnam

SP4 Jacob Henry Cunningham III, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Lexington, NC.

SP4 Jacob Henry Cunningham III was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SP4 Cunningham served our country until February 14th, 1967 in Kontum, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Jacob died from multiple fragmentation wounds or mine. His body was recovered. SP4 Cunningham is on panel 15E, line 028 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

I was a member of Delta Comany 1/8th Cav and was with Cunningham on day that he was killed. Cunningham, We held our Memorial service in Houston Texas this year and I lit the candle for Delta Company. Every Valentines Day I remember you and the other 6 we lost that tragic day. Your Brother, George "Baby Huey" Goswick, 4685 Norman Drive. Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Army Specialist Fourth Class Jacob Henry (Jay) Cunningham III, a popular young Lexington citizen and member of a long prominent Davidson County Family was killed in action yesterday in Vietnam. He was 20 years old and had been in the Vietnam War area since May of last year. Two Army Sergeants, a special detail from Fort Bragg, came Lexington early today to notify the dead soldier's uncle and Aunt, Mr and Mrs R.M. Middleton Jr and his three brothers. Jay and his three younger brothers-Calvin, Neal and Richard-had made their home with Mr and Mrs Middleton since their parents, Mr and Mrs J. Harry Cunningham Jr were killed when their private airplane crashed in Virginia on August 30 1961. Later today a telegram was received by the family here. It was sent from Washington by the Adjutant General, Maj General Kenneth G Wickham, and said young Cunningham was killed while on a combat operation, being hit by fragments from a hostile grenade. Jay was a member of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile. He would have been 21 years old on July 31 of this year. The family was advised that an Army officer will come here in the near future with further information as to when the body will be returned and other details. Funeral arrangements will be made after that. A graduate of Oak Ridge Military Academy, Jay spent one semester at Western Carolina College before he entered the Army.

He served with Delta Troop, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division,(AMBL), USARV.

He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Family links: 
  Jacob Henry Cunningham (1918 - 1961)
  Margaret Saunders Cunningham (1924 - 1961)
Forest Hill Memorial Park
Davidson County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Sect.FTC, Plot #144, Row # 3
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17352292
Spec Jacob Henry Jay Cunningham, III
Added by: Tom Reece
Spec Jacob Henry Jay Cunningham, III
Added by: Laura Myers
Spec Jacob Henry Jay Cunningham, III
Added by: Tom Reece
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~In memory~
- Kerstin
 Added: Jul. 31, 2016
Thank you Jacob, for your ultimate sacrifice.
- Sue Seeterlin Rice
 Added: Jun. 7, 2016
With Honor & Respect. In Remembrance Of Your Ultimate Sacrifice While Serving In The US Army During The Vietnam War .You Will Never Be Forgotten RIP -Thank You
- Ms. Hummingbird
 Added: Mar. 31, 2015
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