Sending Office: Honorable Gwen Moore
Current originals: Moore, Watkins, Jackson Lee, Beatty, Grijalva, Wild, Khanna, Ruppersberger, Bennie Thompson, Richmond, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Robin Kelly, Cox, Cohen, McGovern, Raskin, Plaskett, Holmes Norton, Clarke,
Cole, Price, Lynch, Danny K. Davis, Anthony Brown, and Sanford Bishop.
We write to invite you to join us as original cosponsors of legislation to provide a Congressional Gold Medal to the heroic women of the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion (a.k.a. the “Six Triple Eight”), the only African American Women’s Army Corps
Battalion to serve overseas during World War II.
During WWII, approximately 6,520 African American women served in the Army, 855 of whom are thought to have served in the Six Triple Eight and deployed to Europe (824 were enlisted and 31 officers).
The women of the 6888 came from throughout the United States (see
list), with many of them having to enlist in recruiting stations in the north, due to Jim Crow segregation laws.
The Six Triple Eight served in England and France. During their trip to Europe, they encountered life threatening German U-boats and were greeted by Buzz Bombs upon their arrival to England. Three died in France and are buried at Normandy while three others
were beaten in a bus-station in KY. Their story remains largely untold although it has gain renewed interest recently. For example, some of the few remaining survivors recently participated in the National Memorial Day Parade here in Washington
Recent articles about these women can be found here:
Companion legislation (S. 633) has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Moran. Please join us in honoring these extraordinary women for their service and dedication to our country. If you have any questions or are interested
in cosponsoring this bill, please contact Chris Goldson of Congresswoman Moore’s staff at (Chris.Goldson@mail.house.gov) or at (202) 225-4572.
Gwen Moore Steve Watkins
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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