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

Stanley, Emma Margaret Smith

(born: July 3, 1922  -  died: July 3, 2020) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

August 25, 1944


Emma Smith was living in Lincoln County, KY when she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her record in Ancestry and the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. After her military service, Smith settled in Dayton, OH, where she died in 2020. She is buried in the Dayton National Cemetery.

Emma was the wife of Willie C. Stanley; they were married in Dayton in 1980. She was the daughter of Virgil and Jesse Dunn Smith. The family is enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census, they lived in Stanford, KY. In the 1940 U.S. Census, Emma Smith was employed as a housemaid.

Sources: Emma Smith-Stanley at Find A Grave; Ohio Marriage Abstracts in Ancestry; and Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Lincoln County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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Read about Stanford, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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“Stanley, Emma Margaret Smith,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed February 21, 2024,

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