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

Harven, Willia Mae Griffin

(born: January 20, 1920  -  died: August 15, 1979) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

May 1, 1944

Active Duty Exit

July 7, 1945


Willia Mae Griffin was born in Benham, KY, the daughter of Chin E. Underwood and James Griffin. She was living in Toledo, OH when she enlisted in the Army in Columbus, OH, according to her enlistment record in Ancestry. She had been employed as a telephone operator. Her married name is given as Willia Mae Griffin Harven in the Social Security Application and Claims Index in Ancestry.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Harlan County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Benham, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name

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“Harven, Willia Mae Griffin,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 12, 2024,

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