Julia M. Jackson Woods scrapbook, 1942-1947

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This scrapbook was created by Julia M. Jackson Woods (1911-2000), an African American woman from Louisville, Kentucky, who enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in November 1942. The scrapbook contains greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and ephemera from Woods' service, as well as more than 20 insignia and patches collected from various units, including her own sergeant stripes. The scrapbook documents the social side of military base life - cards from USO groups and friends, marriages, dances, and other interracial interactions between otherwise segregated regiments stationed at the same bases. A few items at the end of the volume relate to Woods' postwar life in Louisville. Woods served in the all-Black 32nd Post Headquarters Company of the WAAC. She did much of her training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, near the Mexican border; she also served stints in Des Moines, Iowa and Midland, Texas. A clipping on one of the initial pages of the scrapbook notes that Jackson was one of Louisville's first volunteers to join the WAAC. She was discharged on August 14, 1943. After the United States Congress authorized the creation of the Women's Army Corps (WAC), she enlisted in the WAC on May 1, 1944. She ultimately reached the rank of sergeant and served in the military police force. The Army discharged her on December 24, 1945. After her service, she married Thomas Harry Woods (1914-1961) and was hired as the head of the all-Black Western Kentucky Vocational Training School Department of Cosmetology in Paducah, Kentucky, by 1946.

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Special Service Bulletin

vol.1 March, 1943 No. 1

Colonel Edwin N. Hardy Fort Huachuca Arizona

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A History Some ten months ago on May 15, 1942, the 93d Infantry Division was activated at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, to take part in World War II. The division is getting near the time when it will be bidding good-bye to this proud old military post that was founded in 1877 by Captain Samuel C. Whiteside of the Sixth Cavalry. But, let's look back over some of the things that have happened while the division in World War II to be formed. Furnishing cadres for all the new units of the division were the 25th Infantry and the 368th Infantry both of whichhad been stationed at Fort Huachuca long before the 93d Divisionwas ever thought of. Major General C. P. Hall was the Commanding General of the division when it first came into being. He left Fort Huachuca in October of 1942. Every unit has gone through a tough and extensive training program. A village fighting course was built at Chearleston, Arizona, and each soldier has had a chance to find out what he can do while bullets are flying about. All has not been work at Fort Huachuca. The division organised and played off a football league in 1942 that was a great success. It was climaxed on New Years's Day with the Desert Bowl in which the 25th Infantry team was crowned the division champion. The 93d Blue Helmet, official newspaper of the 93d Infantry Division, started publication on September 18, 1942, and weekly kept the soldiers informed as to what was happening in their units. With the beginning of 1943 all the units started a rigid field training program. This was climaxed during the latter part of March, 1943, when the entire division went into the maneuver area for two full weeks of hard division maneuvers. The activation of the 93rd Division made Fort Huachuca the third largest city in the state of Arizona. It covers a total of 93 square miles. 93rd infantry division

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Division General Officers

MAJOR GENERAL FRED W. MILLER Division Commander

BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM SPENCE Divison F. A. Commander

BRIGADIER GENERAL WALTER E. LAUER Assistant Division Commander

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At Random

[6 images of soldiers at work]

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