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

Clark, Iona Lafayette Warr B.

(born: July 30, 1920  -  died: June 27, 2006) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

August 4, 1943


She enlisted in the Army with the name Lafayette B. Clark when she was married and living in Indianapolis, IN, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She enlisted in Fort Des Moines, IA in 1943. According to the marriage license, Lafayette B. Warr and Mose Clark, Jr. were married in Phenix City, AL in March of 1944 when they were both enlisted in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Benning (source: Alabama Marriage License Record, p. 169, in Ancestry).

Lafayette B. Clark did her basic training at Fort Devens, MA, and Fort Des Moines, IA. While stationed at Fort Benning, GA, she was in the WAC Detachment Station Complement Section II. Clark was in charge of the dark room of the x-ray laboratory for the cantonment area at the Fort Benning Station Hospital. She had been an amateur photographer as a civilian.       

According to the Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry, Iona L. Warr was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Frank and Rosella Chism Warr. The family is enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census. In the 1930 U.S. Census her name is listed as Lafayette Warr.

After her military service, Lafayette B. Clark spent most of her life in Newark, NJ. When she retired, she returned home to Louisville for a period. She died in Rockville, MD in 2006. 

Source: "WACs prove ability in Ga. hospital," The Indianapolis Recorder, 07/07/1945, p.25, section 2, Edition 02; "Clark, Lafayette B. Warr," The Courier-Journal, 8/11/2006, p. B6.

*Additional information and Indianapolis Recorder newspaper article provided by researcher Gail Bushrod.

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NKAA Source: The Indianapolis recorder (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

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