1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 25, 2020 9:01 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking list of name of the WACs, ANCs & Red Cross Nurses

    Alessandra Ciampi Wayfarer

      What were the names of the WACs, ANCs and Red Cross Nurses who died in WWII?

        • Re: Seeking list of name of the WACs, ANCs & Red Cross Nurses
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Ciampi,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          The principal World War II Army casualty list, World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing (Washington: War Department, 1946) is arranged alphabetically by state and thereunder by county.  Each state booklet includes a foreword describing how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation by counties and by types of casualties.  Each entry includes decedent's name, serial number, rank, and type of casualty.  The towns within the counties and the dates and places where the casualties occurred are not mentioned. The World War II Army casualty lists are available online via the National Archives website. The lists include both male and female service members. They not organized by sex or branch within the Army, nor does it provide that information in its listings.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Publications, Unpublished Manuscripts, and Background Papers Relating to the Publication "The Women's Army Corps, 1945-1978", 1973 - 1989 in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319) that includes Necrology of the WAC, 1942-1963. In 1963, the Women’s Army Corps Center at Fort McClellan prepared this report listing the deaths of Women’s Army Corps members from 1942-1963. This report does not include women who served in the Army Nursing Corps or in other non-WAC capacities such as physical therapists and dietitians. For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          We also located a copy of the WAC necrology report in the Ruth Coster Collection at the University of Central Arkansas.


          In addition, the US Army Center of Military History, the U.S. Army Women’s Museum, and the U.S. Army Office of Medical History may have sources relating to the deaths of female members of the Army during World War II.


          We located Army Battle Casualties and Nonbattle Deaths in World War II that provides statistical information to include numbers specifically for females, however it does not include individual names. Document page 96 (pdf page 100) gives the number of female Army personnel that died as 244 officers and 202 enlisted personnel. It also breaks down the officers by further subcategories of Women's Army Corps, Army Nurse Corps, Physical Therapists, and Dietitians.


          Lastly, we located American Women During World War II: An Encyclopedia by Doris Weatherford that includes a chapter on fatalities providing statistical information and giving a few (but not all) names. It also lists sources which may be useful.


          For general information about the WACs, we suggest The Women’s Army Corps by Mattie E. Treadwell and The Women's Army Corps, 1945-1978 by Bettie J. Morden.


          In regards to Red Cross nurses, we suggest that you contact the American Red Cross Historical Programs and Collections at Redcrosshistory@redcross.org.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!