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

Rickman, Myrtle Baker

(born: January 27, 1920  -  died: April 17, 2012) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

December 15, 1942

Exit Rank

Private First Class


Myrtle Baker was born in Burkesville, KY, the daughter of Martha J. Elliott and Henry Clay Baker. Her father died in 1926. The family is enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census. They were living in Gallatin, TN, when enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census. In 1942, Myrtle Baker enlisted in the Army at Fort Oglethorpe, GA, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. Myrtle Baker Rickman died in Marion, IN, and she is buried in the Marion National Cemetery.

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; U.S. Veteran's Gravesites in Ancestry; see Myrtle Baker Rickman at Find A Grave; Henry Clay Baker, Kentucky Death Certificate File #12647, Registered #12 (Ancestry).

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Cumberland County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Burkesville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Rickman, Myrtle Baker,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 29, 2023,

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