From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Moss, Lena Mae Warden

(born: December 18, 1923  -  died: May 5, 1981) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

April 27, 1944


Lena M. Warden enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to her record in Ancestry. She was born in Echols, KY, and was a 1944 graduate from Western Colored High School in Owensboro, KY. She received her diploma ahead of the commencement ceremony because she had enlisted and left school for her WAC basic training in Des Moines, IA. 

Lena M. Warden was the daughter of Pauline McLucas and Eugene Warden. The family was living in Evansville, IN, when enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census. They lived in Echols, KY, when enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census. Lena M. Warden later married Oradie Moss, Sr. and the family lived in Virginia. Lena M. Warden Moss died in Newport News, VA in 1981. She is buried in the Quantico National Cemetery. 

Sources: "Army recruiting notes," The Owensboro Messenger, 05/05/1944, p.2; Social Security Death Index in Ancestry; Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry; Virginia Certificate of Death in Ancestry, State file #81-014731, Certificate #462; Lena M. Warden at Find A Grave; and Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: The Owensboro messenger (newspaper)

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“Moss, Lena Mae Warden,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 29, 2023,

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