Charity Adams Earley, the first African American commissioned officer in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in She served in the Army for four years and held the rank of Lt. Colonel at the time of her release from active duty.
Charity Adams Earley, Black Pioneer in Wacs, Dies at 83
Major Charity Edna Adams Earley was the first African American woman to be an officer in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (later WACS) and was the commanding officer of the first battalion of African American women to serve overseas during World War II.
4 Members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) pose at Camp Shanks, New York, before leaving from New York Port of Embarkation on Feb. The women are with the first contingent of Black American WACs to go overseas for the war effort.