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COL Geraldine Pratt May
Birth: Apr. 21, 1895
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 2, 1997
Menlo Park
San Mateo County
California, USA

United States Air Force Officer. Born in Albany, New York, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. A social worker and Camp Fire Girls executive, she married in 1928 in Sacramento, California, and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. After her husband died, she joined the newly formed Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in July 1942 and then attended officer candidate school at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. She received her commission in August 1942 and the following March was among the first women officers assigned to the Army Air Forces where she served as WAC staff director of Air Transport Command, which included 6,000 enlisted women and officers. In this capacity, she visited air bases throughout the United States and overseas to inspect and advise commanders on policies and assignments of Army women. At the end of World War II she was assigned to the War Department General Staff and later to the Army Ground Forces as WAC staff director. In January 1948, May was transferred to Army headquarters to formulate plans in the post-war military. With the enactment of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act in June 1948, she received a reserve commission in the newly created Air Force. She was appointed director of Women in the Air Force with the rank of full Colonel, the first woman in the Air Force to hold that rank and the first to hold this post. As WAF director, May advised the chief of staff and the Air Staff on the formulation of the plans and policies for integrating women into the regular and reserves of the Air Force. She was 102 when she died. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Columbarium Court 4 Section MM Stack 16 Niche 1
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Record added: Jan 16, 2004
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COL Geraldine Pratt May
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COL Geraldine Pratt May
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COL Geraldine Pratt May
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