From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)
Gloria Jean Swope Dawson.pdf

Dawson, Gloria Jean Swope

(born: 1949) 

Military Branch

U. S. Army

Active Duty Entered

January 15, 1980

Active Duty Exit

October 1, 1996

Exit Rank


Awards & Decorations

Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC); Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1st Hourglass); NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Advanced Level); Army Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon


Gloria Jean Swope Dawson was born in Philadelphia, PA and lives in Lexington, KY. She joined the Army in 1980 and did her basic training at Fort McClellan Anniston, AL (Women's Army Corps). She joined the Army "for growth; to better understand our freedom."

*This information was gathered and forwarded by Willa Relford Gentry.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Fayette County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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Outside Kentucky Place Name

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Dawson, Gloria Jean Swope,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 25, 2024,

Last modified: 2023-05-05 16:59:25