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Haskin, Vera A. Harrison

(born: 1919  -  died: 2005) Vera Harrison [Haskin] was an officer over the African American WACs unit at Fort Knox, KY, in 1945. She had been a member of the first WAACs Officer Cadet School at Ft. Des Moines, IA, in 1942 and was a member of the advance group of WAACs at Fort Huachuca, AZ. She was executive officer of the old 33rd Post Headquarters Company.

At Fort Knox, Vera Harrison was Company Commander; in England and France, she was Commanding Officer of Company C, as well as the Company's Central Postal Director. In England, the WACs who had been at Fort Knox became part of the 6888 Postal Unit, the only African American women's military unit to go overseas during World War II.

Vera A. Harrison was born in 1919 in Sadieville, KY, the daughter of Anna M. and Bradley Harrison. In 1930, the family of six lived in Hamilton, OH, on Wallace Street [source: U.S. Federal Census]. Bradley Harrison supported his family as a foundry laborer.

Vera Harrison enlisted at Fort Hayes on July 18, 1942, according to her enlistment record. She was a graduate of a four-year college and was employed as a secretary. Photos and additional information on Vera Harrison Haskin are available at the National Association of Black Military Women website (next-to-last entry).

For more see "WAC overseas postal unit does good job in handling mail," New York Amsterdam News, 05/05/1945, p. 8A. For information on earlier WAC unit in Kentucky, see Myrtle D. Anderson and Margaret E. B. Jones entries in the NKAA Database.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Anderson, Myrtle E.
NKAA Entry: Jones, Margaret Ellen Barnes
NKAA Source: New York Amsterdam news (newspaper)

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NKAA Entry:  African American WACs Born in Kentucky

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