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

Watson, Dorothy Marie

(born: February 21, 1918  -  died: September 9, 1997) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

February 18, 1943


Dorothy M. Watson was born in Louisville, KY, and was still living there when she enlisted in the Army, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She was a graduate of Central High School and had attended Wilberforce University before enlisting. After her military service, Dorothy M. Watson returned to Louisville where she worked as a waitress. She died in 1997. She was the daughter of Lenora M. Dorsey and Edward Watson. Her family is enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census when Dorothy was almost two years old.

Sources: "Dorothy M. Watson," The Courier-Journal, 02/20/1943, p.3; "Dorothy M. Watson," The Courier-Journal, 09/10/1997, p.12; U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry.

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Cited in this Entry

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

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“Watson, Dorothy Marie,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 22, 2023,

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