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A. Kentucky Home County Index of African Americans in the WAAC and WAC during WWII

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Notes

The document attached to this entry lists the Kentucky counties in alphabetical order with the names of African American women veterans from those counties. These were the women in and from Kentucky who enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during WWII. Included in the attached index are all of the names from older partial lists found in this database:  African American WACS Born in Kentucky and Kentucky WACs of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.

*SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT

WHO WERE THEY?:
These were women born in Kentucky or they were living in Kentucky when they enlisted during WWII.

WHERE DID THEY LIVE?: 
These women lived in various geographic locations in Kentucky and in other states. 

WHERE ARE THEY BURIED?:
Among the women veterans listed in the attached index are those who are buried in various locations in the United States. Whenever possible, the burial location has been added. 

HOW WERE THEIR NAMES GATHERED?:
Their names come from the WWII records in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases [NARA], from military records available in the subscription database Ancestry, and from articles and obituaries in Newspapers.com and the Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program [KDNP]. Some of the names and additional information were submitted by family members. Names have also been gathered from library resources: books, journals, and reports. If you would like to submit a name and/or additional information, please send a message to the email address rjones@uky.edu.

NARA 
Ancestry
Newspapers.com
Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program

IS THERE MORE INFORMATION?:
1. All NKAA entries with the subject heading Women's Army Corps (WACs).
2. All NKAA entries with the subject heading WACs 6888th Postal Battalion.
3. All entries within the NKAA Database section African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky.
4. Giulia Heward, "The Hidden history of the first Black women to serve in the U.S. Navy," 12/15/2020, at AtlasObscura.com (online).
5. “Creation of the Women’s Army Corps,” a Women in the Army website @ https://www.army.mil/women/history/wac.html.
6. “The Unwritten Record: African American women in the Military during WWII,” a National Archives website @ https://unwritten-record.blogs.archives.gov/.../african.../.
7. The National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. Negro women enlistees from Kentucky, WWII@ https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp....
8. Bitter Fruit: African American women in World War II by Maureen Honey, University of Missouri Press, 1999.
9. Standing Up Against Hate: how Black women in the Army helped change the course of WWII by Mary Cronk, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019.
10. To Serve My County, to Serve My Race by Brenda L. Moore, NYU Press, 1997.
11. When the Sisters Came Marching Home (film) by Tony Brown Productions, New York, 1983. [27 min., 31 sec.].

References

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Bitter fruit: African American women in World War II
NKAA Source: Standing up against hate : how black women in the Army helped change the course of WWII
NKAA Source: To serve my country, to serve my race (book)
NKAA Source: When the sisters came marching home (film)

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“A. Kentucky Home County Index of African Americans in the WAAC and WAC during WWII,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 28, 2022, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/300004442.

Last modified: 2022-03-01 17:23:03