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

Messer, Virginia E.

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

December 8, 1944


Virginia E. Messer enlisted in the Army at Ashford General Hospital in White Sulphur Springs, WV, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She was born in Kentucky.

The U.S. Army purchased the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs in 1942 and converted it into the Ashford General Hospital with 2,000 beds. The hospital was used during World War II as a surgical and rehabilitation center for soldiers.

Read more at the website History of The Greenbrier.

Outside Kentucky Place Name


Cited in this Entry

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

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Messer, Virginia E.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 20, 2023,

Last modified: 2023-02-01 18:31:31