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

Johnson, Helen Marea Norris

(born: March 25, 1917  -  died: April 28, 1970) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

February 20, 1943

Active Duty Exit


Exit Rank

Private First Class

Awards & Decorations

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion


Helen Marea Norris was born in Mortons Gap, KY, the daughter of Louis and Viola Campbell Norris. The family is enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census. Helen was living in Chicago, IL when she enlisted in the Army, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases, and in Ancestry. She was a member of the 6888th Mail Battalion.

After her military service, Helen Norris married Bennie Johnson; they lived in Chicago. She died in the Chicago Army Hospital in 1970. Helen Marea Norris Johnson is buried in the Flat Creek Cemetery in Mortons Gap, KY.

Sources: Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry; Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; "Deaths in Kentucky: Mortons Gap, Mrs. Helen Johnson," The Courier-Journal, 5/3/1970, p. 5; "Mrs. Helen Johnson, 53, dies in Chicago," The Messenger, 5/2/1970, p. 10; Helen M. Norris under subheading "List Others of Unit" in the article "S. Siders in 1st Negro WAC unit to go overseas," Chicago Tribune, 3/11/1945, p. 2; and Helen Marea Norris Johnson at Find A Grave.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Hopkins County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Mortons Gap, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name

Item Relations

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Messenger (newspaper) [Madisonville, KY]
NKAA Source: Chicago tribune (newspaper)

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