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

McGilmer, Clara Mae Alcorn

(born: March 25, 1921  -  died: May 9, 1988) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

August 4, 1943

Active Duty Exit

April 5, 1945


Clara Mae Alcorn was born in Stanford, KY, the daughter of Rev. Essie and Mary E. Gordon Alcorn. In 1943, Clara M. Alcorn enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases, and in Ancestry. After her military service, she married and her name was Clara McGilmer. Clara Mae Alcorn McGilmer died in Detroit, MI. 

Sources: Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death Files in Ancestry; Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry; Michigan Death Index in Ancestry.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Lincoln County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Stanford, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name


Cited in this Entry

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

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“McGilmer, Clara Mae Alcorn,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 2, 2023,

Last modified: 2021-12-20 18:11:45