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INEZ STROUD PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Inez Naomi Stroud (1909-1994) of Wilmington, North Carolina, served in the Women’s Army Corps and then the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1969.


BIOGRAPHY

Inez Namoi Stroud was born on 9 July 1909 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was the third of nine children of the Rev. C.A. Stroud and Mrs. Beatrice Ford Stroud. Her father was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the family moved frequently. Stroud was a graduate of the Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina. She also studied music and cosmetology.

Stroud joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1943. She served at various installations in the United States and Europe over the course of her career in the army, including three tours in Germany. She frequently served as the organist for post chapels and was a saxophonist in the WAC band. Stroud was discharged in 1969.

Stroud lived in Washington, D.C., and Greensboro, North Carolina, after her military service. She continued her education at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and continued to play music at the Bethel AME Church. Stroud died on 21 November 1994.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Inez Stroud at desk, 1951
Item # WV0009.6.006
From the Inez Stroud Papers
Inez Stroud, 1944
Item # WV0009.6.009
From the Inez Stroud Papers
Inez Stroud, circa 1943
Item # WV0009.6.002
From the Inez Stroud Papers
Inez Stroud, circa 1945
Item # WV0009.6.003
From the Inez Stroud Papers
WAC Company 6, 3rd Regiment, 1945
Item # WV0009.6.004
From the Inez Stroud Papers
WAC band unit, circa 1944
Item # WV0009.6.010
From the Inez Stroud Papers
Inez Stroud plays the piano
Item # WV0009.6.007
From the Inez Stroud Papers
Inez Stroud recieves award
Item # WV0009.6.008
From the Inez Stroud Papers
WAC recuits African Americans, circa 1944
Item # WV0009.6.005
From the Inez Stroud Papers
Inez Stroud with saxophone, 1943
Item # WV0009.6.001
From the Inez Stroud Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Biography, 1994; Military Papers, ca. 1945; Scrapbook Clippings, 1940s.