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  • Date of Birth:12/5/1942
  • Date of Casualty:3/17/1968
  • Home of Record:WILDWOOD CREST
  • County of Record:CAPE MAY COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:2LT
  • Panel/Row:45E, 9
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


  • Date of Birth:6/28/1946
  • Date of Casualty:3/17/1968
  • Home of Record:KENVIL
  • County of Record:MORRIS COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PVT
  • Panel/Row:45E, 15
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 45E, Row 9 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Dennis' Headstone at Fort Bliss National Cemetery

    Posted on 3/25/16 - by Dr. Phillip C. Ollis
    I never had the opportunity to know Dennis, but I became part of his family when I married his sister, Barbara Cunningham, a little over three years after his death in Vietnam.
  • Dennis' Squad Leader in Viet Nam

    Posted on 5/25/15 - by Dr. Rick Shoup
    I was Dennis squad leader in Viet Nam and was with him when he died. Dennis was an extoardinary paratrooper and member of our Long Range Recon Platoon. On March 10th, 1968, we ambushed a VC mortar platoon and were subsequently surrounded. Dennis was able to destroy a machine gun position with a Light Anti-Tank Weapon (LAW) from over 100 meters in the dark. His action dramatically reduced the direct fire that we were receiving from the front of our position. Our confidence in Dennis' skills and composure under fire placed him in a position of trust within our unit. I have thought of Dennis every day since March 17th when he died as a result of an ambush. In our recent Phantom Force reunion in Fort Campbell, we shared our stories about Dennis and toasted him for his bravery!

  • Classmate at Parkland High School

    Posted on 7/15/14 - by Peggy Barrett Vanyo
    I met Dennis while attending Parkland High School. I think I was only there for one year, but I remember Dennis. He was a very nice, quite, and shy, and a friend. I heard a few years later of what happened. Thank you Dennis for your service to our country and for our freedom. God's Blessings to your family
  • 1968

    Posted on 2/4/14 - by Tom Walker
    I remember you from the time we shared with the 101st when we were both new to country (Viet Nam). I have always considered you among the most dedicated soldiers I met during my year (Dec 67-Dec 68). we exchanged barbs and laughs and it was good. I looked your name up on the traveling Wall many years ago and even did a painting in your honor. That painting was in a show at a gallery in greater Chicago last Summer so others might be aware of your sacrifice. I am 66 , married with 5 grown children and 1 deceased. I often wonder where you'd be today had it all turned out differently and I often feel guilty of surviving. Rest in peace and thank you. Tom Walker
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/10/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Dennis Lane Cunningham, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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