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 Orville James Cunningham

Orville James Cunningham

Piper, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Death 4 Dec 1943 (aged 49)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Neuilly-sur-Seine, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Plot American Legion lot
Memorial ID 86201007 · View Source
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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!




  • Created by: Shani Miller
  • Added: 3 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86201007
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Orville James Cunningham (26 Dec 1893–4 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86201007, citing Neuilly-sur-Seine New Communal Cemetery, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Shani Miller (contributor 47456990) .