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Lanny D. Cummins

Lanny Cummins
Born 24 October, 1942
Died 17 May 1968
Service Branch Marines
Rank 1st Lieutenant
Rating or Job infantry platoon commander
Unit India Company, First Battalion, 27th Marines
Campaign Viet Nam
Military Citations Bronze Star and Purple Heart

Graduated from Oroville High School June 1960.

Graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lanny was killed in action leading his platoon against North Vietnamese Army forces in Northern I Corps, Republic of South Viet Nam.

Contributed by Steve Leonard & Dick Hofman


1st Lt. Lanny Dee Cummins

Oct. 24, 1942 - May 17, 1968


Lanny Cummins, raised in Oroville, was a star student at Oroville High School. When he graduated in 1960. he had been a California Scholarship Federation member fur three years and a member of the varsity track and football teams.

Cummins was awarded an academic scholars hip to the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied electrical engineering. Near the end of his college career, however, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

After being named platoon honorman and outstanding recruit, Cummins was tapped by the Marines for officer training and sent to Officers’ Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia.

After serving at various duty stations, Cummins was assigned command of a platoon in Vietnam. He and most of his platoon were killed in action in one of the numerous bloody battles in the A Shau Valley.

Chico News & Review, May 26, 1988



Lanny's Marine Corps Buddies:

Steve Leonard & Colonel Dick Hoffman, USMC Retired

Chico News & Review