From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Duncan, Lillian W.

(born: 1914) Lillian Duncan was the Plans and Training Officer with the African American WACs at Fort Knox, KY in 1945. When her unit was shipped to England, Duncan became a Second Lieutenant and was Executive Officer in Company C. The WACs who had been at Fort Knox became part of the 6888 Postal Unit, the only African American women's military unit to go overseas during World War II.

Lillian Duncan was born in 1914 in Taladega, AL and enlisted at Fort McClellan on September 30, 1942, according to her enlistment record. She was a graduate of a four-year college and employed as a teacher. She had also been a WAAC at Fort Huachuca, AZ and was a member of the 32nd and 33rd WAACs basketball team. A photo of the team playing basketball outside is in the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

For more see "WAC overseas postal unit does good job in handling mail," New York Amsterdam News, 5/5/1945, p. 8A. For information on earlier WAC units in Kentucky, see the Myrtle D. Anderson and Margaret E. B. Jones entries in the NKAA Database.

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NKAA Source: New York Amsterdam news (newspaper)
NKAA Entry: Anderson, Myrtle E.
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