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Old 10-03-2009, 11:19 PM
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1stSgt Ellis Cunningham USMC (ret), Charleston, SC

1st Sgt. Ellis Cunningham USMC (Ret.) CHARLESTON - Special Recognition Veteran, 1st Sgt. Ellis Cunningham (Ret.), USMC 1944-1970. Iwo Jima Survivor. Wounded in action in Korea, 1950. Received The Purple Heart, October 1950. Action in Viet Nam, 1967-1968. Tet Offensive, 1968. Ret 1st Sgt. E8 with six good conduct awards and several other awards. Attended first meeting of MPMA, September 1965. Charter member of Chapter 10. Past Commandant of the Low County. Detachment Marine Corps League 803. He served as first year Trustee, Volunteer at Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Center for the past six years. Received several certificates and awards for several hundred hours of volunteer service. Retired from South Carolina Electric & Gas transportation after twenty one years of service. Past president AFL-CIO 610 transportation. In 1968, became a member of Morris Brown AME Church, a member of the Senior Steward Board; Class Leader of class number fifty for over thirty-two years; President of Lay Organization for over seventeen years; past President of class leader counsel. Married to Lucille Poaches Cunningham, National Historian, and Ladies Auxiliary MPMA/LA. Mr. Cunningham was one of five black military pioneers honored by The Defense Department of Huston-Tillotson University on February 24th-25th, 2006 in Austin Texas. On June 7th, 2006, he did a book signing at Barnes and Noble for the book The Few and The Proud by Larry Smith of Time Magazine. He is also featured in a documentary entitled The Marines of Montford Point; Fighting for Freedom, narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr. Mr. Cunningham also received the Special Recognition Veteran Award at the 90th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, sponsored by the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, on August 26, 2006. Ellis Cunningham, one of the twenty-three men who served in World War II, The Korean War and The Vietnam War were saluted for their service. December 07, 2007, honored as Hardcore Warriors in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune's. The Hardcore Warrior awards were presented by Camp Lejeune's commanding officer, Col. Adele E. Hodges. "Serving in one war is no easy task, but serving in three is hard core". Ellis and Lucille Cunningham celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary on December 27, 2008 at the Sand Dunes Club, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. Funeral Service today at Morris Brown AME Church 13 Morris Street Charleston, SC at 11:00 AM Interment, with full military Honor at Carolina Memorial Gardens Rivers Ave North Charleston, SC. Arrangements by W.M. SMITH - MCNEAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2 Radcliffe Street Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 722-3676 1-800-924-5659. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/deaths
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