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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But there are thousands of Negro soldiers like me, who, knowing perhaps they must give up their lives for the cause of freedom have decided to make this greatest gift - this supreme act of charity - begin at home.

In other words, Mr. President, when I shall have been inducted into the armed aervices of this country I shall more persistently, more vigoursly and more definitely attack the foes of human liberty in the United States. I shall consider it my duty to do this at the risk of life and limb. I shall denounce with all me might the double standerd of "de-mock-racy" and I will correctly define democracy. I will read to them the Declaration of Independence and its equality clause. I will recite the Constiution and not leave out the thirteenth, forteenth and the fifteenth amendments. I will call their attention to your discussion of the four freedoms and tell them I am under oath to defend all of these. I will do all of this and more and when they advise me to be patient as they did when they thought I was Uncle Tom, I'll reply - patience, hell - this is war!

There is no other course left open to me, yet I know I will not prevail upon them to change. Even though I speak the turth my voice is too small to be heard. These American mongers of the master race doctrine will quickly and deftly silence me. They think that by killing me and all like me who speak out for full human freedom at home, they will have solved their problem. They will fall just as surely as Hitler has failed to do this identical thing in Europe. You know and I know that the ideal of human freedom cannot be squelched by killing the man in whose breast it is borne. But because my words will fall on the ears of true fascists I know they have already decided to "give me death" as they have given to many of my buddies before me. They will kill me and the report will read, "death . . . by accident." But my few friends will know that my death resulted because I was fighting against fascism. They will tell others who will tell others who in turn will tell others, until finally the result will be as if a thousand men had been killed instead of one. The seeds of human freedom are being carried everywhere by this current whirlwind. The witch-doctors of the master race doctrine in America will find they have increased their problems ten thousand-fold.

I thought I would tell you about these things, Mr. President, first becuase there is such a large number of Negroes and others both in and out of the army of the United States who feel as I do. Secondly, since you are the Commander-in-Chief of the United States army and co-author of the Atlantic Charter, which embodies the four freedoms, you might want to do something about this situation before it is too late.

Respectfully, MACK M. GREENE 533 East Market Street Xenia, Ohio.

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ORDER OF SERVICE 1. CHURCH CALL 2. MUSICAL PRELUDE -- 25th Infantry Band 3. Call to Worship -- Chaplain Oscar E. Holder 4. Opening Hymn -- Congregation 5. Invocation -- Chaplain Walter S. White 6. Responsive Reading -- Chaplain Edward A Frooman 7. Scripture -- Chaplain Albert Thompson 8. Hymn -- Congregation 9. Consecration Prayar -- Chaplain Charles T. Watkins 10. Hymn -- Congregation 11. Sermon -- Chaplain John A. DeVeaux 12. Invitation -- Chaplain Elder B. Hicks 13. Closing Prayar -- Chaplain Nimrod C. Calhoun 14. Hymn -- Congregation 15. Benediction -- Chaplain Robert J. Smith 16. MUSICAL POSTLUDE -- 25th Infantry Band

ORGANISTS Tech-Sgt. Henry M. Shields - Hq. 93rd Inf. Div. Sgt. Arthur Patterson - 25th Inf. Regt. Cpl. John H. Wheeler - 369th Inf. Regt.

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee Holy, Holy Holy, merciful and mighty God in three persons, Blessed Trinity

Holy, Holy Holy, all the saints adore thee Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea Cherubim and seraphim, falling down before thee Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy Holy, Tho' the darkness hide thee Though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee, Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

RESPONSIVE READING Chaplain -- I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills; from when cometh my help. People -- My help cometh from the Lord which hath made heaven and earth. Chaplain -- The Lord is they keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. People -- The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil. The Lord shall preserve thy soul. Chaplain -- Behold now good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. People -- It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the bear, even Aaron's beard, that went down to the skirts of his garments. Chaplain -- May the Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make His face to shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee. People -- The Lord life up his countenance upon us and give us peace.

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[Left top corner] [newspaper cutting with photo] Pfc. W. J. Guest, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Guest , Sr. of 1524 West Oak street, is serving in the personnel department , Headquarters Detachment, 468th Quartermaster Rgt., Camp Breckenridge, Ky. A grand friend hope he makes U.C.S. [top middle] [woven circular blue badge with hollow white 8 point star] 93rd heir. Command 9th Service [carpo deleted] insiginia given to me Luy Bradshaw my son [Right top corner][newspaper cutting with photo] LEXINGTON - Miss Mary Katherine Lewis of this city, charming daughter of Mr. William Lewis of 450 Jefferson street, was quietly married Monday evening at St. Paul's parsonage by the Rev. White of that church to Mr. William Joseph Yelder, Jr. of McVey, Ky. MISS KATHERINE LEWIS Mrs. Yelder is a graduate of Dunbar high school and also a graduate of Meharry Medical college of Nashville in 1939. Since graduation she has been employed as public health nurse in the city of Lexington. Mr. Yelder is a graduate of Tennessee State college in 1939 and was one of the students working under Dr. George Carver. He was also a student in the radio training course, but previously to that was in business in McVey, Ky. He also was on eof the spakers on the "George Carver Memorial Program" given her at George Carver school. In the quiet solitude of Monday [Left bottom] [Folded blue handkerchief] Given me to me my play daughter Gola B. Reif in the N.A.U.E. [Right bottom] [Newspaper cutting] [photo] COMMISSIONED - Charles M. Allison, of 2118 West Chestnut street was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Adjutant General's department of the U.S. army Tuesday May 4, at Fort Washington, Md. Allison was one of only two Negroes enrolled in a class with 225 whites. He was inducted into the army in July, 1942, and was clerk in the Finance department while stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, former vice president of the Esquire club, and a member of the Congregational church. Allison was commended for his excellent qualities and is now on his way South on a temporary assignment. [Right middle][ Black and grey circular cloth badge with a ?buffalo] Insignia 92nd klir.

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$1 dollar bil from BANCO DE MEXICO patch with blue round border SERIES C nO. 8679838 white background UN PESO stamp letters AA stiched in red in middle of no date listed white background Sent to me by (handwritten: No glas Mexico) P.F.C. Emmet Young Hidden word Camp Stuart Ga. Aug 31-43

Another patch with white background with circle in middle- smaller patch in the middle colored red, white and blue Handwritten underneath is 'my Ground Force'

Newspaper article- MARTIN LEAVING THE U.S.A.-- Fletcher P. Martin, Defender war correspondent, who arrived in the South Pacific thetre of war, is shown in the last picture made of him before leaving the United States on April 26. He is being bid Godspeed by Frank L. Stanley, publisher of the Louisville Defender, and D.. Metz P. Lochard, editor of the Chicago Defender.---- Maher photo.

Trident shaped patch- gold color backround, 2 8-pointed stars embroidered in royal blue, and 1 chevron pointed up to the 2 8 pointed stars, also embroidered in royal blue. handwritten under this patch is 'Given to me by Pvt ouns (missing letters0 Camp Eackett Calif Cusalry 90th eo-A

small patch, shield shaped, red embroidered backround, gold colored embroidery in a trident formation.

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round patch, black background with gold colored thread embroidery in a single flying bird. Underneath is written 'Banil patch from Midland A.A.7 2528 Base Unit Midland, Texas

Square patch, embroidered, background is royal blue, golden colored thread used to create flying bird carrying sticks in his or her beak. Next to the tail of the bird, is a small white star with a small red center. Handwritten under patch "Air Force"

On the left hand side is a parachuter patch, black or dark blue background with light blue wings on each side of a silver hot air balloon.

Newspaper article-

WAAC Choral Group (Photo by U. S. Signal Corps) Photo of Choral Group. Typed underneath is caption "The above group has been doing meritorious work in the entertainment field. They are one of the finest chorus groups in the fort.

Next to article is an small, oval patch- embroidered with a dark tan background, Going through the middle, lengthwise, is a lighting bolt headed by an arrow.

2 Francs bills worth $2 each, and a $10 Francs bill Handwritten underneath 'All three (unspecified) sent to me from France by Pfc Charge E. Wilson Engr Co, Midland, Texas -1942

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