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Birth:
19 Jul 1920 1
Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island 1
Death:
22 Dec 1944 1
Belgium 1
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Birth:
19 Jul 1920 1
Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island 1
Male 1
Death:
22 Dec 1944 1
Belgium 1
Cause: KIA WWII 1
Burial:
Burial Place: Henri-Chapelle Belgium amercian war cemetery 1
Residence:
Place: Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island 1
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Mother: Helen V Cunningham 1
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Anna Cunningham 1

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Dear, My name is Joris Appels. I live in a city near Antwerp – Belgium. Many years I’m interested in the history of ww2. Reading books, looking at documentaries,visit museums, ... I wanted to do something back for the soldiers who gave their lives during ww2 for the peace in Europe and all over the world. I had the opportunity of adopting a grave at the American Cemetery of Henri-Chapelle in Belgium, so I did. The grave of PFC Francis L. Cunningham - 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. The idea of adopting a grave is that you visit it sometimes, put a flower on the Grave on his birthday, Memorial Day, Christmas, just take a little care of it,... Since that time I have been looking for more information about him and the 325th GIR. I have found a little information about him on the Internet but I would like to know more about him. It would be fantastic that I could find some living relatives of him so that I can stay in contact them and find some more background. I have still many unanswered questions: In what unit/company he was, where he has fought, where and how he died, living family, maybe a picture of him, other info, ... Here is the little information that I have: PFC Francis L. Cunningham Service # 31182715 325th Glider Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division Born 1920-07-19 Entered the service from Rhode Island at 1942-10-14 Died on 1944-12-22 in Belgium. Buried at Henri-Chapelle – Belgium Lived in Cranston -Providence County – Rhode Island. He received a purple heart with oak leave cluster. Trough ancestry.com I have found some information about his family but I don’t know that it is 100% correct. His mother was Helen Cunningham His Grandmother was Catherine Giel His brother is Fred Henry I have received his Individual Personal Deceased file from us army and there are lettres to his wife Anna Cunningham an his sister in law Helen Vitskieviter. It’s not easy to find much information about someone who lived 65 years ago. But when I was surfing the net I found a memorial in West Cranston where his name has been mentioned. (see attachment + link http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/warmemorials/wcranston.html) His name is also mentioned on Rhode Island memorial (http://www.riwwii-memorial.org/favorite1.htm) Therefore I would like to ask you if you can help me find some more info about Francis. Someone who knew Francis or have information, picture,living family,other interesting info, ... of him? I hope that someone can help me further with the search of the history of Francis L Cunningham. If you have information about Francis or you know a person that can help me, a usefull website,… than you may always mail it to jorisappels@telenet.be or send me a letter to my adress. Hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks in advance. Best regards. ! LEST WE FORGET ! A proud adoptant of the grave of a great American soldier. Joris Appels Krommenhof 12, 2340 Beerse, Antwerp Belgium

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