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

Townsend, Anna S. Hayden

(born: February 20, 1923  -  died: December 4, 2013) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

April 20, 1945


Anna S. Hayden Townsend was married to Frank Townsend when she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her record in Ancestry. She was born in Cynthiana, KY, the daughter of Katie Williams and Ed Hayden. The mother and children are enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census.

Anna was a 1941 graduate of Western High School in Paris, KY and attended Kentucky State University before joining the Women's Army Corp in 1945. Her family was then living in Connelly Alley in Paris, according to her brother Paul Hayden's 1943 Army Registration Card in Ancestry. Paul and his sister Lavell were also listed in the Paris Kentucky ConSurvey Directory, 1950, p. 235. Lavell lived at 785 Singer Alley and Paul lived at 786 Singer Alley.

Their sister Anna and her husband Frank moved to Chicago, IL after her military service. Additional details about Anna's life are mentioned in the 2014 memorial in her honor,  Illinois Senate Resolution SR 1218 (online). Senator Mattie Hunter sponsored the resolution. 

Anna Hayden Townsend was recognized as a licensed cosmetologist, a data entry specialist with the Chicago Police Department for 31 years, and a founder of the AFSCME union local for civilian employees at the Chicago Police Department central headquarters. She died in 2013.  

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“Townsend, Anna S. Hayden,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed February 21, 2024,

Last modified: 2023-05-12 16:17:12