Written By My 2nd Cousin, E Cummings About The Men Who Served In My Family
I started thinking about the lives of service, within my own family and how the world has unfortunately become a “Me first” environment. We have seen lives devastated by fires, looting and needless death in the last few years. People say it is because of the inequality of our society, whether it be today, or 150 plus years ago. Were there injustices? Yes, there were and there still are today. Those that suffer are not restricted to one Race. My uncle, due to his political position, along with many others, was sent to Siberia when the Russian Forces invaded Lithuania, and the Country fell.
More recently, in the 70’s while serving in Asia, I saw poverty like no can imagine. Children in tattered clothing, unlike I have ever seen before, playing in the mud and filth, in the streets, begging for food. Along with my Brothers in Arms (this includes women too), regardless of our skin color or whether we were from the North, the South, the city, or the country, we were all touched by the scenes we saw and experienced.
Those who know me, know I have dabbled in genealogy over the years and am actively doing some research. I am realizing the proud military and service history my family is privileged to share.
Lt. Col George Edward Cumming – A young man and one year after getting married, lost his life in the Battle of Coronel (A naval battle off the coast of Chile, during WW-I, where the German Navy severely defeated the British.)
George Arbouin Burnett – Another WW-I fatality, only this time, due to Mustard Gas, in the battlefields of Belgium or France.
Lt. Col Bertram GarrattMaj Geoffrey Garratt
Edmund Rushworth Abbott, OBE (OBE = Officer of the British Empire)
Seaman Thomas Cumming – My brother who had his life changed forever on June 6, 1944. Today, they would call it PTSD, but Post WW-II, they did not have the counseling and/or support groups to help work through the trials of life after the trauma of seeing so many die on the beaches of Normandy.
- MY IMMEDIATE GRANDFATHER: MSgt Arthur Cumming – My other brother, who served in North Africa, during WW-II, where he worked as a medic and selflessly gave of his services to save other soldiers and continued to serve for a total of 26 years.
- MY IMMEDIATE GREAT GRANDFATHER: Petty Officer Arthur Cumming – My father, who served in the US Navy, both in WW-I and WW-II. WW1 as a Horseman with Gen John Pershing. When not in the Navy, his life was spent on the waterfront of New York, as a narcotics agent helping prevent the import of drugs coming into the U.S. via ships from all over the world.
- MY IMMEDIATE UNCLE: Seaman John Cumming – Served on a river gun boat, in Viet Nam and surrounding countries.
- MY COUSIN: MSgt E. Cumming – Myself and I am proud to share the same title, Master Sergeant, as my “Big Brother”, serving for 23 years in Southeast Asia (I was blessed to be in non-combatant situations), Asia, Europe and the Middle East/North Africa.
Our society MUST find a purpose greater than self! We are in a spiral fall, out of control. Everyone I mentioned above, and all others who committed to serve, in whatever capacity, many giving the ultimate sacrifice, promised without prejudice to defend and protect, regardless of Race, Color or Creed.