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Description

Oral history interview of Bill Cumbaa. Interview conducted by Ryan Sosa, Maryna Checo, and Shannon Leavey at the Orlando Veterans Association

Log

00:35 Born March 27, 1921; 00:48 Born in Columbus, GA; 01:34 Columbus High; 1:42 Emory University; 3:00 Joined Sigma Ki Fraternity at Emory University; 3:25 President of Fraternity; 5:15 Joined Marine Corp while at Emory - April 30, 1941; 7:20 OCS School - description of what it was; 8:40 Dec. 7, 1941 War in Japan; 9:40 Shipped to Paris Island; 10:24 OCS School; 11:15 ROC Reserve Officer Class as 2nd Lt.; 12:02 Sent to heavy machine gun school; 13:11 Sent to represent battalion; 14:15 Stationed at Pavuvu; 23:00 Morning routine at boot camp; 25:00 Commissioned as rifle platoon leader rather than machine fun platoon leader; 27:40 Brought out of platoon leader into intelligence for battalion after Okinawa; 31:24 Favorite weapon was Thompson machine gun; 32:20 His men called him "Wild Bill;" 38:00 His runner stepped on a land mine, had legs blown off, Bill Cumbaa on Okinawa; 41:20 Bill recommended his Corpsman, Archie for Silver Start; 45:15 Received two Purple Hearts after 2nd wound on Okinawa; 49:30 Women capable of workforce, coming to their own; 50:45 Engaged to his future wife for 2 years; 52:30 His future wife wrote him every day; 54:10 Came back home and got married; 54:53 Japan official surrender; 55:05 1st Marine Division sent to China to bring back Japanese; 56:30 Never had any trouble with the Japanese after official surrender; 58:00 Sent back to the U.S.; 58:48 As office ordered to inactive duty

Date of Birth

March 1921

Place of Birth

Columbus (Ga.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Georgia

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

Second Platoon Fox Company, Second Battalion, Seventh Regiment, F27 First Marines

Location of Service

Peleliu Island (Palau); Palau; Okinawa Island (Japan)

Highest Rank

Captain; Capt

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Peleli; Okinawa

Medals

Purple Heart; Purple Heart; Presidential Unit Citation; Presidential Unit Citation

Achievements

See the Video

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Sosa, Ryan; Checo, Maryna; Leavey, Shannon

Interview Date

4-15-2011

Location of Interview

RICHES office in Colburn Hall at UCF

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Cumbaa, Bill; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Marines

Length of Interview

58 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

video / mp4 DVD

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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