A Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS) would probably have been dismissed out of hand except it was 1941 and the country was engaged in a World War requiring all of the country’s resources. By the end of World War II in 1945 there were 265,000 women in uniform, of them more than 6,000 were African-American women.
Harriet M. West became the first, Black major in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps on August 21, 1943. Once promoted to that rank she became an aide to WAAC Director, Oveta Culp Hobby and an advisor to the army on racial issues. West, and Major Charity Adams were the only black women to attain the rank of major during World War II.
In commemoration of Major West’s accomplishment 70 years ago, I am offering my eBook: Long Way Home: A World War II Novel for FREE at the Amazon and Kindle bookstores on August 21, 2013. Please click on the book cover to access the free offer. I hope you’ll enjoy the read!