Norval Vernon Cummings manuscript
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.
- Other: Majority of material found within 1943-1946
- Other: Date acquired: 2017-08-23
- Cummings, Norval Vernon, 1925-2013 (Person)
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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 https://www.legacy.com/amp/obituaries/tribtown/168204139.
Language of Materials
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.
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
- United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
- United States. Army. Engineer Combat Battalion, 35th Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Europe Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Norval Vernon Cummings manuscript
- Michael G. Kasper
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