Cunningham, Darren James, SSG

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Last Primary MOS
31B-Military Police
Last MOS Group
Military Police Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2002-2004, 31B, 89th Military Police Brigade
Service Years
1982 - 2004

Staff Sergeant


Eight Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


 Last Photo   Personal Details 

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1964
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Groton, MA
Last Address
Groton, MA

Casualty Date
Sep 30, 2004
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 60 SITE 8005

 Official Badges 

Army Military Police


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorGWOT Fallen
  2004, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2004, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Military Police

 
 National Guard Awards


 
 Unit Assignments
545th Military Police Company89th Military Police Brigade
  1989-1993, 95B, 545th Military Police Company
  2002-2004, 31B, 89th Military Police Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
  2004-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
I will never sit here and comment on any persons' last moments.... I just know Darren of my last moments with you and they are in my every waking day..... We always bitched about your next days mission, since my Soldiers were tasked with your security for the Iraqi Police Missions you oversaw. As a PSG my Soldiers were in my best interest not your missions. So you know, the fights you would have with me....... Sept 29, 2004 around 2130hrs, I talked with you on your next days mission.... That night wasn't like most nights, you were in great spirits.... The Brigade Commander had approved your return to the states for retirement (you had done your 20 years). You were able to get online and order stuff for your Jeep and preparing for your return to your daughter and son. I watched you walk out the door that evening with a sense of a job well done.... You walked through all the attacks we had, brushed all the rocket/mortor attacks on Camp Victory we had. As if it was all nothing. Little did we know, that was the last time we would see you..... Darren a coward took your life..... He/she could never stand in your face and fight!!! They would loose because you would bring an asskickin that nobody would want.... I relive this everyday...... Darren, your a great Soldier and an awesome father and human-being...... What more could we ask for..... I'll keep constant watch over you, I'm right down the road from Arlington and I owe it to you and every Serviceman/women there.... God Bless you and you family...... Operator 7 "No Fear"
   
Comments/Citation
Poem from his family:

An American Soldier
By Jennifer Cunningham
SSG Cunningham’s niece
You cannot put into words what exactly an American hero is but we all have our ideas of what they are.
An American hero was in our family
He was a brother, son, uncle, dad and a friend
His love was given unconditionally
His actions are indescribable
His honor made life soar…
Patient.. Kind and ever sacrificing
He made the world safer
An American hero cannot be put into words
An act of duty not only for his country but also in his heart
A hero fights for justice and for freedom
Always doing for others what we cannot do for ourselves
An American hero was lost today
The protector who gave his life for ours 
No words of good-bye were exchanged when he was taken from us to soon
An American hero’s job never ends, even when he is not here
He is always watching out for his fellow soldiers and his family
They are always fighting for America’s freedom and the freedom of others
A single tear drops from the eyes onto these words
We cry not because of your death but because of the joy you brought to our hearts will be missed
A part of us all cannot let you go
A part of us will be missing you, but if we need to talk to you we know where you will always be looking down on us from up above.
Even though he is up above those glorious stars and strips shine so bright for the freedom he fought for and believes in deeply
He died for the Stars
He died for the Stripes
He died as a hero, An American Hero
   
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