To the Editor:

Veterans Day is just around the corner. We will gather for a service in New Milford Nov. 11 on the south end of the Village Green.

As we reflect on this special day, I’d like to share the story of Army veteran Dovey Johnson Roundtree, who served from 1942-45.

Dovey was born April 17, 1914, in North Carolina, graduated from Spelman College in 1938 and briefly taught in school in South Carolina before enlisting in the Army.

She was recruited by Dr. Mary Bethune along with 39 other African American women to initiate the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).

Dovey achieved the rank of captain and was responsible for the recruitment of African American female soldiers during World War II. After her service, Dovey was motivated to continue making a difference in the world after the war, and decided to enter Harvard Law School.

After graduation, she began practicing law and became known for her criminal defense cases, civil rights and advocacy for children and families.

She earned many awards and honors for her work after the service and was honored at the Women in Military Service for American Memorial in 2009.

Fran Smith

New Milford