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

Wallace, Emma Evelyn Hughes

(born: June 6, 1921  -  died: March 29, 2002) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

August 4, 1943

Active Duty Exit

January 6, 1946

Exit Rank



Emma E. Hughes was born in La Center, KY, the daughter of Sallie Hollowell and Virgil Hughes. The family is enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census (a year before Emma was born). In the next census record, Emma's mother was married to Olie Stubbs and the family lived in Cape Girardeau, MO. Emma was enumerated using her middle and last names, Evelyn Hugh[e]s. Her mother and stepfather are listed in the 1930 city directory as restaurant employees.

Emma E. Hughes enlisted in the Army in Kansas City, Kansas, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. Her residence was in Kansas City, MO, and she was a dressmaker/seamstress. Emma E. Hughes Wallace died in Kansas City, MO. She is buried in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Sources: Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry; see Emma E. Wallace at Find A Grave; U.S. Veterans' Gravesites in Ancestry; Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File (Ancestry); "Deaths and Funerals: Emma Evelyn Wallace," The Kansas City Star, 04/03/2002; Polk's Cape Girardeau (Missouri) City Directory 1930, p.215.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Ballard County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about LaCenter, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: The Kansas City star (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Polk's Cape Girardeau (Missouri) city directory

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Wallace, Emma Evelyn Hughes,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 1, 2023,

Last modified: 2021-12-26 15:49:18