Millie Dunn Veasley was a veteran who served from 1942 to 1945 in the Women’s Army Corps and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps.
Veasey was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, nine blocks away from the North Carolina State Capitol building. She was one of six children and was named after her beloved grandmother, Millie Gunter Henry.
Veasey attended Washington High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating high school she took a job as a Wake County extension agent before joining the Army.
Veasey enlisted in the army with the “six-triple-eight” battalion, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in December 1942. The unit was the only all-female and all-black battalion to serve during World War II overseas. In April 1943, she was shipped to Fort Des Moines, Iowa for basic combat training. After completing basic training in Denver, Colorado, Veasley was then stationed as a clerk for the cooks and bakers school in Fort Clark, Texas, until the spring of 1944. She then headed to Camp Maxey, Texas, and worked in the hospital with secretarial duties.
In 1953, she graduated from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business education and a minor in English. She attended college on the G.I. Bill, and while enrolled, she worked as the executive secretary to the President, James Boyer.
Years later, Veasley took classes at North Carolina Central University where she earned a Master of Arts degree in business administration and as an education counseling minor.
After college, Veasley taught business education at Thompson High School in Mathews, Virginia, as well as eighth grade English. She then returned to Raleigh and worked for St. Augustine’s before eventually retiring as director of career planning and placement/cooperative education in 1986. Veasley died on March 9, 2018, in Raleigh at age 100.
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