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In 1942, Laventa Penn was working at the Savanna Ordnance Depot when she was one of 14 employee representatives to receive the "E" award on behalf of all employees. Laventa Penn lived in Freeport when she enlisted in the Army in Chicago, IL in 1944, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She completed her basic training at Fort Des Moines, IA, completing her term in the WAC and discharged in September of 1946. Laventa Penn then returned to Freeport and in 1953 was married and employed as a nurse's aide. In 1958, she was listed as a nurse in the city directory. Laventa M. Penn Abernathy Cole died in 2004 and she is buried in the Freeport Cemetery.
Sources: See Sgt Laventa M. "Penny" Cole at Find A Grave; Kentucky County Marriage Records in Ancestry; Ash Penn executors Administrator's Bond, vol. A-D, p. 118 in Ancestry; "Savanna Ordnance Depot will be given E Award," Daily Dispatch, 10/3/1942, p. 19; "Four enlistments in WAC announced by Corporal Quinn," The Freeport Journal-Standard, 11/28/1944, p. 4; "News about persons in armed services," Freeport Journal-Standard, 9/26/1946, p. 6; Polk's Freeport (Stephenson County, ILL.) City Directory, 1958, pp. 77 & 206.
*The E Award was presented to companies that achieved Excellence in Production of war equipment during World War II. See Army-Navy E Award at the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
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|NKAA Source:||National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Ancestry (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Moline daily dispatch (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source:||Freeport journal-standard (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source:||Polk's Freeport (Stephenson County, ILL.) city directory|
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“Cole, Laventa Monzetta Penn Abernathy,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed August 11, 2022, https://ukscrc001.net/nkaa/items/show/300004446.
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