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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CREDITS This booklet is the last effort of the 93d Blue Helmet editors. Starting publication on September 18. 1942, the Blue Helmet published a newspaper for the 93d Division for twenty-eight weeks. It was the first newspaper ever published for a complete Negro division. Editor of this booklet was First Lieutenant Harold D. Steward, public Relation Officer of the 93d and Managing Editor of the Blue Helmet. He was assisted by lieutenant Robert Levin, Assistant Public Relations Officer and Assitant Managing Editor of the Blue Helmet. The cover design of the eagle and blue helmet was drawn by Ausiliary First Class Ann Russell of the Fort Huachuca Special Service Office. Credit for the photography goes to First Lieutenant Joseph Farnsworth of the Fort Huachuca unit of the U.S. Signal Corps.

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bracelet? that says 'USA ARMY' Hankerchief that says 'MOTHER U.S.A

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