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
War or Conflict
World War II
Branch of Service
Prisoner of War
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 collaborativeendeavor 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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Cumbaa, Bill interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 35.