Charity Adams Earley (1918-2002) was the first Black officer of the Women’s Auxiliary Corps and the highest ranking Black female officer in the Army during World War 2.
Charity Earley joined the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in 1942. A year later, the Corps was incorporated into the Army of the United States as the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). This change allowed women to serve overseas and hold rank within the Army.
In 1942, Earley became the first African American commissioned officer of the WAC. She oversaw the training of fellow African American women who answered the call of service. By 1943, she was promoted to the rank of major. Earley went on to command the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, one of the few military units during the war led by African Americans and the first African American WAC unit to serve overseas.
On December 26,1945, Earley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Charity Adams Earley made history serving her country, today we honor this American hero and Queen.