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

Davis, Dorothy Jean Young Thompson

(born: December 4, 1921  -  died: June 29, 1965) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

February 1, 1943

Active Duty Exit

November 5, 1945

Exit Rank

American Campaign Medal


Dorothy J. Young was living in Chicago, IL, when she enlisted in the Army in 1943, according to her record in Ancestry. She served with CO 8, 3 Regt 1798 WAC, and WAC 1050th A. A. F. (source: U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans in Ancestry).

Dorothy Jean Young Thompson Davis was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Mary W. Hanley and Joseph S. Young. The family is enumerated in the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census. Dorothy was the wife of Calvin Davis, Sr. She died in Louisville, KY, in 1965 and is buried in the Petersburg Newburg Cemetery.

* Prior to 1947, there was the Army Air Forces. The U.S. Air Force became a separate military service with the National Security Act of 1947. There were women who continued in the Army while performing Air Force duties. The following year, 1948, women in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) were able to transfer to Women in the Air Force (WAF). See Women in the Air Force, an Air University libguide. 

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; Kentucky Certificate of Death #65 15960, File #116, Registrar's #4461 (Ancestry); andDorothy T. Davis at Find A Grave.

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“Davis, Dorothy Jean Young Thompson,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 26, 2022,

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