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

Owens, Helen C. Bedinger Washington

(born: August 19, 1923  -  died: March 3, 2015) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

June 27, 1945

Exit Rank

Tech 5


Helen C. Bedinger Washington enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her record in Ancestry. Born in Paris, KY, she was the daughter of Louise Bedinger and William Washington. Mother and daughter are enumerated in the 1930 and the 1940 U.S. Census.

Helen Washington was a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, IN. After her military service, she married Marion Owens, and the family lived in Indianapolis where Helen C. Bedinger Washington Owens died in 2015. She is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; Helen C. Washington Owens at Find A Grave; and "Helen C. Owens (Washington)," The Indianapolis Star, 3/8/2015, p. A25.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Bourbon County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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Outside Kentucky Place Name

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NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Indianapolis star (newspaper)

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