From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)
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White-Washington, Lillian Nareen

(born: June 30, 1956) 

Military Branch


Active Duty Entered

May 24, 1979

Active Duty Exit

May 10, 1985

Exit Rank


Awards & Decorations

Marksmanship Award, Top Mile Runner of Company, Captain of the United States Army Women's Basketball Team (1980)


Lillian N. White-Washington said that she joined the Army for more discipline and leadership in her life overall. She was among the first group of women who entered the Army after it had become an integrated unit of females and males. The Women's Army Corps (WAC) had been disbanded October 29, 1978.

Lillian joined the Army in May 1979 after attending Eastern Kentucky University on a track scholarship. She also played basketball there. Lillian had previously attended the University of Kentucky, where she was the first African American woman basketball player.

She went from college directly into the military. Lillian did her basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Her MOS training in transportation was at Fort Dix in New Jersey, and her duty station was at Fort Ord in California. *(MOS=military occupational specialties)

See the Lillian Nareen White main entry for more information about her life and career.

Kentucky County & Region

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