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On the morning of 2 January 1951, a few hours after the celebration of the New Year, the Cunningham set her course for Pearl Harbor, the first step on the way to a troubled world. Soon after leaving Pearl Harbor she stopped briefly at the Island of Midway, while en route to Japan. Shortly afterwards the Cunningham became an integral part of the fast carrier Task Force 77, participated in the patroling of Formosa, and was later assigned to Task Force 95, where she saw much service and was most active on both the eastern and western coasts of Korea. While working under the United Nations Flag, she served in all phases of modern warfare as a front line fightir ship of the United States Navy. Eight months later, after having fired over 4,000 rounds of ammuni- tion from her main batteries, in the Korean area, the Cunningham re- turned to her port of departure San Diego, California, on 4 September 1951 for a much needed rest and periodic overhaxil. From those of us who have been with her we say, " well done, Alfred A. Cunningham, DD 752. "
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The evening of the launching was clear, the party assembled at exactly 8:20 P.M. wartime. The crowd of 2,500 waited for the final moment. Then at 8:35 P.M. wartime on Thursday, the third of August 1944, the sponsor, as designated by the Secretary of the Navy, Mrs. Alfred A. Cunningham, launched the destroyer 752 at Staten Island New York, and gave to it the name of her late husband who gained wide fame and recognition as being the first pilot of the United States Marine Corps. He was one of the great leaders and organizers of early military aviation. A few months later, midst the celebration of Thanksgiving Day on 23 November 1944, the commission pennant was broken at the fore- truck and the 752 became part of the fleet under Commander Floyd B.T. Mhyre. Then came proper shakedown, training, and the finishing touches. Soon afterwards, by way of the Panama Canal, the U.S.S. Alfred A. Cunningham departed to join a carrier task force for a strike on Wake Island. After a successful attack on Wake, the Task Force proceded westward through Guam, Ulithe, and the Philippine Islands. The Cunningham was now ready for the test of real battle which soon came on a trip north to Okinawa where she was assigned station as a Radar Pickett. Near the closing of the war the white planes of peace carrying the Japanese Emissarys to General MacArthur were first detected and reported by the Alfred A. Cunningham. After the peace was signed, her duties were aiding in the occupation of China and the repatriation of prisoners-of-war. Through the Yellow Sea she made many journeys of peace and good will. Then on the glorious morning of 28 March 1946, the Alfred A. Cunningham proudly passed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Home again to rest and to become a part of the newly formed reserve fleet in San Francisco, later to be transferred to San Diego. Soon after the outbreak of the Korean situation, the Navy Depart- ment removed the Cunningham from a reserve status and hurriedly activated her into her former fighting condition. On the sunny after- noon of 5 October 1950 the Alfred A. Cunningham was recomissioned at San Diego, California, and again became an active part of the United States Navy under the command of Commander Louis P. Spear. Again a shakedown and training program was needed, and was quickly carried out in the warm waters off southern California.
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LT. COLONEL ALFRED A. CUNNINGHAM Alfred Austell Cunningham was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 8 March 1882. As a young man he was deeply interested in the balloon flights of that era, and in 1903 young Cunningham made two known balloon ascensions. On 25 January 1909, Alfred A. Cunningham accepted an appointment as 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps. He served on the Battleship New Jersey in 1909, the Battleship North Dakota in 1910, and the Cruiser Lancaster in 1911. His interest in flying con- tinually grew, and in 1912 his ambition was attained when he became the first pilot in the Marine Corps. After a total instruction time of but 2 hours and 40 minutes he made his first solo flight. He then in turn instructed other pilots, and was in charge of Marine Corps avia- tion during the First World War. He was most active in the promotion of military aviation, and after 26 years in the United States Marine Corps, he retired from active duty in August 1935 with the rank of Major. While in retirement he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He died on the 27th day of May 1939. In recognition of Lt. Colonel Cunningham ' s contribution to Marine Corps Aviation, the United States Navy honored his name with the launching of the U.S.S. Alfred A. Cunningham DD 752. The ship was officially launched by his widow on 3 August 1944.
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