D A Cunningham Popular Books

D A Cunningham Biography & Facts

Randall Harold "Duke" Cunningham (born December 8, 1941) is an American former politician, decorated Vietnam War veteran and fighter ace. Cunningham served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 50th district from 1991 to 2005, and later served prison time for accepting bribes from defense contractors. Prior to his political career, Cunningham was an officer and pilot in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. Following the Vietnam War, during which he became the U.S. Navy's only pilot ace, Cunningham became an instructor at the U.S. Navy's Fighter Weapons School (better known as TOPGUN) and commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), a shore-based adversary squadron at NAS Miramar, California.In 1990, Cunningham ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Democratic incumbent Jim Bates. He served in the House from 1991 to 2005. Cunningham resigned from the House on November 28, 2005, after pleading guilty to accepting at least $2.4 million in bribes and under-reporting his taxable income for 2004. He was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison and was ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution. On June 4, 2013, Cunningham completed his prison sentence. He was granted a conditional pardon by President Donald Trump in 2021. Early life Cunningham was born in Los Angeles, California, to Randall and Lela Cunningham on December 8, 1941, one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. His father was a truck driver for Union Oil at the time. Around 1945, the family moved to Fresno, where Cunningham's father purchased a gas station. In 1953 they moved to rural Shelbina, Missouri, where his parents purchased and managed the five-and-dime Cunningham Variety Store. Education and military service Cunningham graduated from Shelbina High School in 1959. He attended Kirksville Teacher's College for one year before transferring to the University of Missouri in Columbia. Cunningham graduated with a bachelor's degree in education and physical education in 1964; he obtained his M.A. in education the following year. He was hired as a physical education teacher and swimming coach at Hinsdale Central High School, where he stayed for one year. Two members of his swim team competed in the 1968 Olympics, where they earned a gold and a silver medal.Cunningham joined the United States Navy in 1967. During his service, Cunningham and his Navigator/Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) "Irish" Driscoll became the only Navy aces in the Vietnam War, flying an F-4 Phantom II from aboard aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64). He and Driscoll recorded five aerial victories against North Vietnamese MiG-21 and MiG-17 aircraft between January and May 1972, including three kills in one flight (earning them the Navy Cross). In the final engagement, Cunningham downed a MiG-17, which was supposedly piloted by "Colonel Toon", a mythical North Vietnam Air Force fighter ace loosely based on a North Vietnamese pilot from the 921st Fighter Regiment named Nguyen Van Coc. It was later revealed by historians that there was no such Colonel Toon, and that the story was fabricated by Cunningham himself. Van Coc retired from the Vietnamese People’s Air Force in 2002.While returning to the carrier after the final shoot-down, Cunningham and Driscoll were forced to eject from their F-4 over water near Nam Dinh, but they were rescued by Navy helicopter.After returning to the US from Vietnam in 1972, Cunningham became an instructor at the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego. He was reportedly nearly court-martialed for allegedly breaking into his commanding officer's office to compare his records and fitness reports with those of his colleagues — a charge denied by Cunningham but supported by two of his superior officers at the time. Cunningham served tours with VF-154, United States Seventh Fleet, and as executive officer/commanding officer of the shore-based adversary squadron VF-126. In 1985, Cunningham earned an MBA from National University. In 1987, he was featured on the PBS broadcast of the NOVA special "Top Gun And Beyond", during which he recounted his engagement with the North Vietnamese fighter pilot thought to be "Colonel Toon". He retired from the Navy with the final rank of commander in 1987, settling in Del Mar, a suburb of San Diego. Cunningham became nationally known as a CNN commentator on naval aircraft in the run-up to the Persian Gulf War. Political career Cunningham's visibility as a CNN commentator led several Republican leaders to approach him about running in what was then the 44th District, one of four congressional districts that divided San Diego. The district had been held for eight years by Democrat Jim Bates, and was considered the most Democratic district in the San Diego area. However, Bates was bogged down in a scandal involving charges of sexual harassment. Cunningham won the Republican nomination in 1990 and hammered Bates about the scandal, promising to be "a congressman we can be proud of." He won by just one percentage point, giving Republicans full representation of the San Diego area for only the second time since the city was split into two districts after the 1960 census. Cunningham's status as a Vietnam war hero made him a sought-after source, by colleagues and the media, in the debate on whether to use military force against Iraq in the lead up to the first Gulf War. Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan, longtime chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that Cunningham had considerable "drawing power" and was treated as a celebrity by his fellow Republicans.After the 1990 census, redistricting renumbered the 44th District as the 51st and created the 50th District, splitting off a significant portion of San Diego County. At the same time, the 51st added several areas of heavily Republican North San Diego County. The new district included the home of Bill Lowery, a fellow Republican who had represented most of the other side of San Diego for the past 12 years. They faced one another in the Republican primary. Despite Lowery's seniority, his involvement in the House banking scandal hurt him. As polls showed Cunningham with a substantial lead, Lowery dropped out of the primary race, effectively handing Cunningham the nomination. Cunningham breezed to victory in November. Even though the district (renumbered as the 50th after the 2000 census) was not nearly as conservative as the other two Republican-held districts in the San Diego area, Cunningham was re-elected six times with no less than 55 percent of the vote. Cunningham was a member of the Appropriations and Intelligence committees, and chaired the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Human Intelligence Analysis and Counterintelligence during the 109th Congress. He was considered a leading Republican expert on national security issues. He was also a champion of education, using his position on the Appropriations Educa.... Discover the D A Cunningham popular books. Find the top 100 most popular D A Cunningham books.

Best Seller D A Cunningham Books of 2024

  • Patrick J. Cunningham v. State New York synopsis, comments

    Patrick J. Cunningham v. State New York

    Supreme Court of New York

    While the claim in question is somewhat unclear, from our reading and analysis, we are of the view that it seeks to allege causes of action for malicious prosecution, abuse of proc...

  • People State New York v. Donald R. Cunningham synopsis, comments

    People State New York v. Donald R. Cunningham

    Supreme Court of New York

    Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of conviction by the County Court of Rensselaer County upon defendants plea of guilty. The defendant first contends that a motion to suppres...

  • Matter James R. Cunningham v. Thomas F. Mccoy synopsis, comments

    Matter James R. Cunningham v. Thomas F. Mccoy

    Supreme Court of New York

    Appeal from judgments of the Supreme Court at Special Term, entered June 27, 1969 in Kings County, which granted petitioners' applications in proceedings under CPLR article 78 to a...

  • Matter Jere C. Cohan v. Patrick J. Cunningham synopsis, comments

    Matter Jere C. Cohan v. Patrick J. Cunningham

    Supreme Court of New York

    Application unanimously denied and petition dismissed, without costs. Memorandum: Petitioner seeks to vacate an order issued by respondent which granted an application to petitione...

  • Patrick J. Cunningham v. State New York synopsis, comments

    Patrick J. Cunningham v. State New York

    Supreme Court of New York

    Motion by respondent for reargument denied, without costs. Motion and cross motion for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeals granted, without costs. No issue of fact was con...

  • People State New York v. Donald R. Cunningham synopsis, comments

    People State New York v. Donald R. Cunningham

    Supreme Court of New York

    Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of conviction by the County Court of Rensselaer County upon defendant's plea of guilty. The defendant first contends that a motion to suppre...

  • The Degustation of Dave synopsis, comments

    The Degustation of Dave

    D. A. Cunningham

    Dave, an ardent body builder and reclusive software developer, makes a decision that results in dire consequences; leaving him half the man he started out to be. Maimed and disfigu...

  • Vincent A. Grieco Et Al. v. James Cunningham synopsis, comments

    Vincent A. Grieco Et Al. v. James Cunningham

    Supreme Court of New York

    In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, etc., the plaintiffs appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Underwood, J.), entered August 16, 1985, wh...

  • People State New York v. John H. Cunningham synopsis, comments

    People State New York v. John H. Cunningham

    Supreme Court of New York

    [116 A.D.2d 585 Page 585] Appeal by defendant from a judgment of the County Court, Nassau County (Vitale, J.), rendered November 23, 1981, convicting him of robbery in the first d...

  • Maryetta Cunningham v. Columbus Mcnair Et Al. synopsis, comments

    Maryetta Cunningham v. Columbus Mcnair Et Al.

    Supreme Court of New York

    [48 A.D.2d 546 Page 547] Plaintiff, a New York resident, was a passenger in an automobile owned by a New York resident and driven by another New York resident on a trip which began...

  • James D. Cunningham v. Doug Hiles synopsis, comments

    James D. Cunningham v. Doug Hiles

    Court of Appeals of Indiana

    State of Indiana, Department of Natural Resources (Department), appeals from a judgment rendered against it on appellees claims of negligence. We reverse.

  • The Aloha Diary synopsis, comments

    The Aloha Diary

    D.B. Cunningham

    Leda Swann's technical career has settled into a predictable routine. When she is offered a chance to work in Honolulu, she accepts the challenge. Hoping for adventure, she is sedu...

  • Elizabeth Cunningham v. Anchor Hocking Corporation synopsis, comments

    Elizabeth Cunningham v. Anchor Hocking Corporation

    First District Court of Appeal of Florida

    This cause is before us on appeal from the trial courts dismissal with prejudice of appellants complaint and from the courts rulings adverse to appellants on several discovery matt...

  • Matter John S. Cunningham v. Planning Board Town Brighton Et Al. synopsis, comments

    Matter John S. Cunningham v. Planning Board Town Brighton Et Al.

    Supreme Court of New York

    [4 A.D.2d 313 Page 314] These are cross appeals from an order of Monroe County Special Term which directed, pursuant to article 78 of the Civil Practice Act and section...

  • Robert R. Cunningham v. Marthalynn D. Cunningham synopsis, comments

    Robert R. Cunningham v. Marthalynn D. Cunningham

    Fifth District, Dallas Court of Appeals of Texas

    Robert R. Cunningham appeals from a default judgment of divorce which dissolved his marriage to Marthalynn Cunningham, divided the property, appointed Marthalynn managing conservat...

  • People State New York v. Richard Cunningham synopsis, comments

    People State New York v. Richard Cunningham

    Supreme Court of New York

    Appeal by defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County, rendered June 1, 1978, upon resentence, convicting him of grand larceny in the third degree and criminal pos...

  • Larry D. Cunningham v. State synopsis, comments

    Larry D. Cunningham v. State

    Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama

    Appellant was indicted for murder in the first degree. He was alleged to have driven his automobile against another automobile in which the deceased was riding. Appellant pleaded n...

  • Last Man Standing synopsis, comments

    Last Man Standing

    D. A. Cunningham

    Three hundred prisoners are marched out of Auschwitz, only one returns.This is a factual story about a death march endured by a prisoner of Auschwitz during World War II. It was to...

  • Matter William J. Cunningham v. Arthur Levitt synopsis, comments

    Matter William J. Cunningham v. Arthur Levitt

    Supreme Court of New York

    On November 13, 1969 petitioner was employed as a police officer by the Port of New York Authority and was injured in the course of his duties. He subsequently filed an application...

  • Dorothy Cunningham v. General Electric Credit Corporation synopsis, comments

    Dorothy Cunningham v. General Electric Credit Corporation

    Supreme Court of New York

    In an action to recover punitive and compensatory damages for the alleged conversion of certain quarry equipment, defendant General Electric Credit Corporation appeals (1), as limi...

  • Cunningham v. Gates synopsis, comments

    Cunningham v. Gates

    Supreme Court of Alaska

    This case arose from the bloody aftermath of a robbery in the Newbury Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. After police surrounded the getaway car, the two robbers, Robert Cunningham ...

  • Robert D. Cunningham v. State Delaware synopsis, comments

    Robert D. Cunningham v. State Delaware

    Supreme Court of Delaware

    ORDER This 3rd day of June, 1996, the Court has considered appellee's motion to affirm pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 25(a) and finds it manifest on the face of appellant's opening...

  • The Auschwitz Garden synopsis, comments

    The Auschwitz Garden

    D. A. Cunningham

    This novel aims to capture the life story of a truly remarkable man who survived being a concentration camp prisoner in Auschwitz and Mauthausen and then immigrated to Australia wh...