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

Walker, Lula M. Owens White

(born: May 24, 1922  -  died: November 11, 1987) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

May 24, 1943

Active Duty Exit

March 25, 1944

Exit Rank

Private First Class


Lula M. Owens was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Jesse L. and Lavinia Elliott Owens. The family is enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census when they were living in Louisville. Ten years later the family had moved to Rankin, PA, where they were enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census. They were living with Lula's older sister Ella Thompson, a widow. Lula's mother was also listed in the census as a widow, but Lula's father, Jesse Owens, had remained in Louisville. He died October 3, 1976. 

Lula and her mother and siblings had been in Rankin for six years when Lula's mother became sick and died June 21, 1944, three months after Lula was discharged from the Army and returned to Pittsburgh. Lula had served for almost a year in the Army. She had enlisted in Pittsburgh and was separated from her husband, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She later married John A. Walker; her name is given as Lula Walker in her father's obituary in 1976.

Lula M. Owens White Walker died in Pittsburgh and is buried in Homewood Cemetery. 

Sources: Pennsylvania Veteran Compensation Application Files and Kentucky Birth Index, both in Ancestry; Lavinia Owens, Pennsylvania Death Certificate File #52363, Registered #20 (Ancestry); "Louisville Area Deaths: Jesse L. Owens," The Courier-Journal, 10/5/1976, p. D5; U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs BIRLS Death File in Ancestry; Pennsylvania, U.S. Veterans Burial Cards in Ancestry; Lula M. Walker at Find A Grave; and "Death Notices: Walker, Lula M.," The Pittsburgh Press, 11/12/1987, p. C26.

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

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