Cunningham, Oliver Baty, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1917-1918, 15th Field Artillery Battalion
Service Years
1917 - 1918

Field Artillery

Captain



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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1894
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago
Last Address
Evanston, Illinois

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 1918
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
France
Conflict
World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - St. Mihiel, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Plot C Row 13 Grave 18

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2nd Infantry Division


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 Unit Assignments
16th Field Artillery Battalion15th Field Artillery Battalion
  1917-1917, 16th Field Artillery Battalion/HHB
  1917-1918, 15th Field Artillery Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
  1918-1918 Champagne-Marne Campaign/Battle of Chateau-Thierry
 Colleges Attended 
Yale University
  1913-1917, Yale University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Field Artillery) Oliver B. Cunningham, United States Army, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 15th Field Artillery, 2d Division, A.E.F., near Villemontoire, Chateau-Thierry, and St. Mihiel, France, 21 July 1918, to 17 September 1918.

During this period Captain Cunningham, with utter disregard for his personal safety, on numerous occasions exposed himself to the enemy fire while reconnoitering arid performing liaison work.

On 17 September while at his post as liaison officer with the most advanced infantry unit, Captain Cunningham was killed by an enemy shell.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 37 (1919) Action Date: 21-Jul-18
Service: Army
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 15th Field Artillery
Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
   
Comments/Citation
The 15th Field Artillery Regiment arrived in France in February 1918; and went into action on 1 March 1918 at the west face of the St. Mihiel Salient. By 1 June 1918, the regiment occupied positions northwest of Chateau-Thierry and on 14 July 1918, was relieved by elements of the 26th "Yankee" Division in order to prepare for the Soissons Counteroffensive. On 18 July 1918, the Regiment participated in its first major offensive near Soissons.

Lt. Cunningham had received his lieutenancy after officer training at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, in August 1918.  He served with the 16th Field Artillery at Camp Robinson, Sparta, Wisconsin. He was promoted to 1st Lt. in November 1917, and transferred to the 15th Field Artillery which set sail for France in December 1917. 

He served as the Regiment Adjutand and Operations Officer until 2 September 1918, and received his requested transfer to Battery D.. He was killed in action at Thiaucourt on 17 September 1918 while serving as a Liason Officer with an infantry unit.  He had been appointed as Captain on 11 September 1918, but this promotion did not reach him until after his death.

He was awarded a Silver Star (attached to the Victory Medal in those days) and the Distinguished Service Cross, both posthumously.
   
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