Olivemae Black Gebhart

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  • Name: Olivemae Gebhart (Black)
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 12, 1925
  • Date of Death: March 7, 2015 (90 years old)
  • Parents: Elias Black & Violet (Lighthizer) Black
  • High School and Class: 1943 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: March 14, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Olivemae Black
    Birth Year: 1923
    Race: White
    Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
    State of Residence: Minnesota
    County or City: Itasca
    Enlistment Date: March 14, 1945
    Enlistment State: Minnesota
    Enlistment City: Minneapolis
    Branch: Women's Army Corps
    Branch Code: Women's Army Corps
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
    Component: Women's Army Corps
    Source: Civil Life
    Education: 4 years of high school
    Civil Occupation: Bookkeeper and cashiers, except bank cashiers
    Marital status: Single without dependents
    Height: 88
    Weight: 986 [sic]

    Newspaper article - Grand Rapids Herald-Review, Grand Rapids, Minnesota – 18 Jul 1945 – Pvt. Olivemae Black has just completed her medical technician course at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and has been assigned to the Bushnell General hospital at Brigham, Utah. Pvt. Black is in the Purple Heart Division of the WACs. The Bushnell hospital cares exclusively for amputation cases, but despite their injuries, their morale is of the highest, Pvt. Black states. Pvt. Black is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Black of LaPrairie. She is a graduate of Greenway high school in Coleraine and before enlisting was employed in Grand Rapids with the Farm Bureau Service.

    Newspaper article - Grand Rapids Herald-Review, Grand Rapids, Minnesota – 8 Aug 1945 – Olivemae Black has been advanced to the rating of corporal at Bushnell General hospital, Brigham, Utah where she is stationed. Cpl. Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Black, is in the medical technician branch of the Purple heart division of the WAC.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Olivemae Black married Robert Gebhart on September 8,1946 in Riverside, California.

    Olivemae was a member of the Evangelical Free Church and the Christian Women's Club. She enjoyed reading and was a "prayer warrior".

    Olivemae Gebhart died in Duluth, Minnesota and is buried in Harris Cemetery, Itasca County, Minnesota. She is survived by her children, Arlene (Glenn) Hyde, Rebecca Ahlstrand, Sam (Kathy) Gebhart, Patricia (Tom) Harrison, Ruth (Owen) Clarke, Rachel Gebhart, and Kristina (Brett) Crowe; brother, Donald Black; sister, Betty Knight; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents; granddaughter Candace Gebhart; brother, Bill Black; and sister, Audrey Porter.

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