Veteran of the Week: Private First Class Evelyn Janet Curry (Perry)

Published 7:44 pm Monday, May 11, 2020

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By MELANIE POOLE / Special to the Reporter

The Veteran of the Week is sponsored by the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor at the American Village — honoring America’s veterans and telling the stories of their service and sacrifice for the cause of liberty.


“The American Village is pleased to join the Shelby County Reporter in recognizing Private First Class Evelyn Janet Curry as Veteran of the Week,” American Village founder and CEO Tom Walker said. “She is representative of the hundreds of thousands of Alabamians who have risked it all for the sake of our country and its freedom. To all veterans we owe a debt we can never fully repay.”

Visit the website,, today and add your loved ones to the Register of Honor. Help us honor, recognize, respect and remember our country’s veterans.

Here are highlights about this week’s Veteran of the Week:

Private Curry was born Evelyn Janet Perry in Boston in 1943. She served three years in the Women’s Army Corps., from 1962 to 1965, at Fort McClellan, Alabama; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Evelyn was serving as a mail clerk at Fort Sam Houston when she met her husband, Joseph R. Curry. After completing her service, Evelyn and Joseph resided in Madison, Alabama.

In Her Own Words:

“Being a first-generation American, I wanted to pay back to the country that gave us so much.”

Melanie Poole is Communications Officer for the American Village and can be reached at