Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Name: Army Staff Sgt. Darren J. Cunningham
From: Groton, Mass.
Assigned to the 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas
Incident: Army Staff Sgt. Darren J. Cunningham was killed Sept. 30 when his unit came under mortar attack in Baghdad.
Soldier from Groton killed in Iraq
GROTON, Mass. — A soldier from Groton was killed in Iraq on Sept. 30, a day after he told his family he’d be returning home a month early, according to his family.
Darren Cunningham, 40, of Groton joined the Army at 18 and had served in the military ever since. He was a veteran of the first Gulf War in 1991.
“Darren died doing what he wanted to do,” said his sister, Kelly Sumpter. “This was his choice.”
The circumstances of Cunningham’s death were not immediately clear. He leaves a wife, a 12-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son.
Cunningham was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, before being deployed to Iraq. His sister, Tracy Cunningham-Hammond, told the Lowell…