Maj. Charity Adams, Major. Della H. Raney – Both Black women, bothl served in World War II. But the collective military histories of these and other black women constituted just part of the contributions that Black women made to World War II. African-American women have played a role in every war effort in United States history. And black women participated in spite of racial and gender discrimination.
Despite early protests that black nurses treating white soldiers would not be appropriate, the War Department relented, and the first group of Black American nurses in the Army Nurse Corps arrived in England in 1944. “The first Negro WACs to arrive on the continent of Europe were 800 girls of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Bn, who had also been the first to arrive in England.
Charity Adams Earley (1918–2002) was the first African-American woman to be an officer in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (later WACS) and was the commanding officer of the first battalion of African-American women to serve overseas during World War II. Adams was the highest ranking African-American woman in the army by the completion of the war.
In 1949 Adams married Stanley A. Earley, Jr. They moved to Switzerland for a time while Stanley completed medical school. They returned to the U.S. in 1952 and settled in Dayton, Ohio where they had two children, Stanley III and Judith Earley.
Adams died at age 83 on January 13, 2002 in Dayton, Ohio. Wikipedia
black schools of nursing in the south, but I persisted in overcoming this barrier to the point of writing Miss Mary Beard, who at that time was director of nursing for the American Red Cross, telling her of my desire to serve my country and practice my profession. Miss Beard replied with my membership card, certificate and pin.
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