Perry Cunningham enlisted in the army at Fort Oglethorpe as a private on December 8, 1942. He had been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action February 1 but had recovered and gone back into combat. He died while in service in Germany. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Knoxville, TN.
He was the son of Oscar Edward Cunningham and Margaret Jan McCammon of Knoxville. He was married to Rosalee Reed.