From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Fields, Ethel Watts

(born: August 25, 1922  -  died: March 18, 1997) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

April 29, 1944


Ethel W. Fields was married and living in Jefferson County, KY when she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her enlistment record in Ancestry. She was employed laundering and cleaning clothes.

After her military service, she lived in Westland, MI. she died in 1997 and is buried in the United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth, MI.

Born in Irvington, KY, Ethel was the daughter of Ida Belle Leak and Clarence Watts. Her family had moved from Irvington to Louisville by 1940, according to the U.S. Census. 

Sources: Ancestry: Kentucky Birth Index; Army Enlistment Record; U.S. Veterans' Gravesites Index; U.S. Social Security and Claims Index; and the 1930 U.S. Census.

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“Fields, Ethel Watts,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 5, 2024,

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