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

Abel, Sallye Beatrice Brack

(born: July 18, 1913  -  died: May 2, 2004) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

August 7, 1943

Active Duty Exit

January 6, 1946

Exit Rank

Tech 4

Awards & Decorations

American Theater Campaign Medal


Sallye B. Brack was born in Hickman, KY, the daughter of David and Emma Williams Brack. The family is enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census when they lived in Sassafras Ridge, KY. By 1935, Sallye, her brother, and her mother were living in Cairo, IL, according to the 1940 U.S. Census that also showed that Sallye was employed as a maid. Sallye's brother, Louis Mitchell, was head of the household.

According to her online obituary at, Sallye Beatrice Abel was a graduate of Madam Walker's School of Beauty Culture. She was employed as a beautician when she enlisted in the Army in St. Louis, MO, in 1943, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. After her military service, she returned to Illinois. She was employed as a licensed beautician and was very active in social and community organizations and her church.

In 1958, Sallye Brack was the newly elected corresponding secretary of the Henry Warfield Auxiliary of the American Legion in Decatur, IL. In 1962, she was elected the vice president of Tau Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority in Decatur. In 1963, she was elected the organization's recorder. Meetings for both the auxiliary and the sorority organizations were often held at Sallye Brack's home. She was a longtime member of both organizations and served in various leadership positions.

In 1964, Sallye B. Brack married Dennis Abel. That same year, her mother died. Sallye had annual "In Memoriam" notices placed in the Decatur newspaper. In 1977, Sallye Abel was elected the president of the 19th District of the American Legion Auxiliary of the state of Illinois. Also in 1977, she was one of two residents recognized with a Community Service Award from the Decatur Club of Frontiers International in honor of her service with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Henry Warfield American Legion Auxiliary, Church Women United, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and other organizations.

Sallye B. Brack Abel died in Decatur, IL, in 2004. She is buried in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. 

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry); Social Security Death Index in Ancestry; U. S. Veterans' Gravesites in Ancestry; see Sallye Beatrice Abel at Find A Grave; "Mrs. Jefferies heads Warfield Auxiliary," The Decatur Review, 08/01/1958, p.17; "Alpha Chi Pi Omegas elect Mrs. Hood," Decatur Herald, 01/11/1962, p.29; "Macon County Deaths: Dennis Abel," Herald & Review, 12/27/1984, p.5; "Legion Auxiliary officers told," The Decatur Review, 06/14/1977, p.11; "Frontiers Club honors two residents," The Decatur Review, 09/26/1977, p.18; "Obituaries: Sallye Beatrice Abel," Herald & Review, 05/05/2004, p.D3.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Fulton County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Hickman, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Sassafras Ridge, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: The Decatur daily review (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Herald & review (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Decatur herald (newspaper)

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