The man with a lifelong enthusiasm for flight inspired the naming of a Marine Air Corps station. What is known today familiarly as Cherry Point began its life as Cunningham Field. The WWI veteran, who also fought for marine aviation's establishment, also had this role honored in his induction into the Aviator Hall of Fame in the 1960s. Other honors were a destroyer and two streets in Havelock named for him, as well as burial in the National Cemetery.
In a recent expedition to the upper reaches of the Trent River, NCWRC biologists located a threatened species, the waterdog, or mudpuppy. This salamander was found where it was previously unseen, believed to be congregating for breeding.