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

Barrett, Alma Eloise Caldwell Kairson Turner

(born: May 28, 1918  -  died: July 23, 2002) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

July 11, 1944

Active Duty Exit

December 18, 1945


Alma Eloise Caldwell was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Jessie Pitts and Collis Caldwell. The family is enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census. Her mother was from Missouri. In 1940, Alma Caldwell was living with her aunt, Elizabeth Pitts, in St. Louis, MO, according to the 1940 U.S. Census.

At some point after 1940, Alma Kairson had been living in Los Angeles, CA; she separated from her husband, then moved back to St. Louis, where she enlisted in the Army, according to her enlistment record in Ancestry. She completed her basic training at Fort Des Moines, IA and was assigned to duty in Fresno, CA.

After her military service, Alma Kairson returned to St. Louis, where in 1946 she was the reporter for the Parkview Riding Club. In 1948 she married Cornelius Thomas Turner in Washington, D.C.; the couple later divorced. In 1959, Alma married Robert C. Barrett, and they later divorced. Alma Barrett continued living in California, where she died in Riverside in 2002.

Sources: Washington, D.C. Marriage Records in Ancestry; U.S. Social Security Death Index in Ancestry; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File in Ancestry; California Divorce Index in Ancestry; "The St. Louis Wacs ...," St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 3/26/1945, p. 13; and "Riding club hosts gala 'Slouch' Party," The Pittsburgh Courier, 8/31/1946, p. 3.

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Item Relations

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NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: St. Louis globe-Democrat (newspapers)
NKAA Source: The Pittsburgh courier (newspaper)
NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)

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