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|60k||Damon M. Cummings was born on 30 January 1910 in Belvidere, I11., and graduated from the Naval Academy 04 June 1931. He served in Northampton (CA 26) and
Monaghan (DD 354) and had staff duty at Submarine Base, New London, and with Destroyer Squadron 3. Serving on the staff of Commander, South Pacific Force, Lieutenant
Commander Cummings was killed in action while on board San Francisco (CA 38) on the night of 12-13 November 1942. For his heroism and determination during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.
USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) (1944-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1931.)
|16k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|Damon M. Cummings History|
|View the USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Damon M. Cummings as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Damon M. Cummings' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 29 Jun. 1944 – 26 Aug. 1945||Lcdr. Charles Rea Millett, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘22) (Beverly, Mass.)|
|2.) 26 Aug. 1945 - .. Dec. 1945||Lcdr. William Clinton French Jr., USNR|
|3.) .. Dec. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946||Lt. Norman C. Smith, USN (USNA ‘42) (Waitsfield, Vt.)|
|4.) .. Mar. 1946 – 03 Feb. 1947||Lcdr. Emory P. Boynton, USNR (Fairfax, Okla.)|
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