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Norval Vernon Cummings manuscript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2017 Box 1 (17.0003-17.0027), Folder: 17.0019-Folder 1
Identifier: 17.0019

Scope and Contents

This manuscript was written by Norval Vernon Cummings (Sergeant) who served with the 35th Combat Engineer Battalion during World War II in the European Theater.


  • 1925-2003
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1943-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 2017-08-23


Conditions Governing Access

This manuscript is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Norval Vernon Cummings was born in Kurtz, Indiana, on July 25, 1925, one of six children to Roy and Flora Hall Cummings. He graduated from Clearspring High School and Ohio Christian College. Following high school graduation in 1943, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army.  The 35th Combat Engineer Battalion, with which Cummings served, arrived in Europe on May 14, 1944, and then served in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and central Europe campaigns of World War II and received a Croix de Guerre from the government of Luxembourg. The battalion returned to the United States in September 1945 and was inactivated on the 17th of that month at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Cummings left the service as a sergeant. Norval served in Europe throughout the war returning home in 1946 and marrying Helen Marchetta Fish on May 11, 1946, in Kurtz, Indiana. She passed away in July 2010. Cummings held a variety of jobs after the war. He taught in Clearspring and Tampico and owned and operated Cummings Electric in Brownstown and Free Town. He also taught at Camp Atterbury Job Corps. Norval passed away on October 1, 2013, in Seymour, Indiana, and is buried in Kurtz Cemetery. Cummings also worked for the US Post Office in Washington, D.C. and worked for the state of Indiana, retiringg from the Indiana Department of Rehabilitation. He moved to Florida once he retired. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard. Cummings's obituary can be found at


1 folders

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Custodial History

This collection was donated by John Bullard. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on August 23, 2017.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

John Bullard

Method of Acquisition


Norval Vernon Cummings manuscript
Michael G. Kasper
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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