33, of Lewiston, Maine; assigned to 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, GA; killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq.
To honor SGT Daniel F. Cunningham, his mother, Nancy Cunningham retrieved this stone from one of SGT Cunningham’s favorite places to visit, the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME near their home in Lewiston, ME.
Nancy Cunningham describes her son — “About Daniel, when he was young we called him Lil Dan. Then he got older he wanted us to call him>>DAN THE MAN. He always had a smile that was so contagious. You always knew he was in the area. Him and his younger brother Jim were crazy together, always had something planned>>>good or bad. Like when him and Jim came up from the cellar with a snake hanging from a pair pliers. Needless to say how MOM felt about that. Dan was always a good student with good grades. He had many many friends who would come to our house to play backyard football or hockey. Very typical boys play. He married his high school sweetheart and at that time decided he wanted to be called STUDLY Dan or Dan the Man. Things changed in a couple of years when he announced he was going to be a Dad. Even more joy when they said it was a Boy. His expression changed when he realized that this baby is the first born of the first born, and the first born Dad Danny and then Connor. Times started to get tough for him, and the finances shot out the door. Lost jobs here and there, only one paycheck coming in. That was when Dan decided the Military was the way to go. He and his wife separated and he joined the Army. He was the oldest Soldier in the barracks which they all thought it meant he was the BOSS. At that time they all decided to call him C-Ham.”