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

(born: October 12, 1931  -  died: July 20, 2006) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corp

Active Duty Entered

November 5, 1950

Active Duty Exit

November 5, 1953

Exit Rank



Dorsey Mae Williams Netterville was a Korean War veteran. She was born in Lexington, KY, the daughter of Otha and Dora L. Johnson Williams. Dorsey M. Williams was raised in the Lexington Colored Orphan Home. In 1947, she was among the 31 girls who earned a swim button after passing the swim test at The Herald-Leader Free Learn-to-Swim Course.

Dorsey M. Williams was an excellent student. Her name was often listed in the Lexington newspapers as an honor roll student. She was valedictorian of her 1950 graduating class at Dunbar High School. She had also served as treasurer of her senior class, and she received the Mammoth Insurance Commercial Student Award. 

In 1950, after her high school graduation, Dorsey Mae Williams enlisted in the Women's Army Corp. The Fayette County Courts appointed Mrs. Lorena Fields as Dorsey William's guardian so that Mrs. Fields could give consent for Williams to join the Women's Army Corp. William's basic training was at Camp Lee, VA, and she later trained at Fort Knox, KY. She attended the Army Financial School in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Dorsey Mae Williams Netterville died in St. Louis, Missouri. She is buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. 

Sources: "Earn swim buttons [picture]," Sunday Herald-Leader, 07/20/1947, p.11; "Colored Notes: Dunbar High School," Sunday Herald-Leader, 05/28/1950, p.32; "Colored Notes: Wac Pvt. Dorsey Williams," Sunday Herald-Leader, 07/01/1951, p.32; "Error is corrected," The Lexington Herald, 09/13/1950, p.12; US Department of Veteran Affairs BIRLS Death Files in Ancestry; Dorsey Mae Netterville at Find A Grave.

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