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Martha S. Putney, black historian and author, dies at 92
Martha S. Putney, black historian and author, dies at 92

Martha S. Putney, a retired historian at Bowie State and Howard universities and the author of a book about African American women who served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, died Dec. 11 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a hospice in Washington, D.C. She was 92. Putney's book "When the Nation Was in Need: Blacks in the Women's Army Corps During World War II" (1992) was a reflection of her own experience. Putney, one of eight children of Oliver and Ida Settle in Norristown, Pa., was born Nov. 9, 1916. She won a scholarship to Howard University, where she received her undergraduate degree in 1939 and her master's degree in...

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