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

Anderson, Anna Louise Rucker Altherton

(born: January 19, 1920  -  died: August 26, 2004) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

December 5, 1942


Anna Louise Rucker was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of James M. and Emma L. Brown Rucker. The family is enumerated in the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were three generations in the home: Anna Rucker and her brother, James "Jim Dandy" Rucker, their mother, Emma Rucker, who was the head of household, and their grandmother, Anna Brown. Anna Rucker was employed doing general housework.

She enlisted in the Army in December of 1942, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She was ordered to active duty on March 3, 1943, at the WAAC Training Center in Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

Anna L. Rucker Altherton Anderson died in Brooklyn, NY. She is buried in the Louisville Cemetery in Louisville, KY.

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index (Ancestry); U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry); Veterans' Gravesites (Ancestry); see Anna Louise Rucker Anderson at Find A Grave; "Obituaries: Anderson, Anna Louise (Rucker)," The Courier-Journal, 08/31/2004, p.B6; "Seven Negro Auxiliaries from Kentucky ...," The Courier-Journal, 02/191943, p.4.

*Anna Louise Rucker Anderson should not be confused with Ann L. Rucker Anderson (1907-1977) who was from Atlanta, GA, was the wife of KY House Member Charles W. Anderson, Jr., and was a librarian at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY, from 1934-1941.

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Cited in this Entry

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

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“Anderson, Anna Louise Rucker Altherton,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed November 26, 2022,

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