Sending Office: Honorable Gwen Moore
June 10, 2019
Current cosponsors: 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, Sanford Bishop, Kaptur, Cummings, Meeks, Evans, Barbara Lee, Frederica S. Wilson, Watson Coleman, Rush, Titus, Blunt Rochester, Luria, Engel, Haaland, Schakowsky, Castor, and Veasey.
I write to urge you to join me in cosponsoring H.R. 3138, 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.
The women of the 6888 came from throughout the United States 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. A few of the
remaining survivors recently participated in the National Memorial Day Parade here in Washington DC. Some recent articles about these women are below:
World War II unit of black women honored decades after their service
- Arriving in Birmingham, England, in February 1945 after their convoy across the Atlantic was rerouted because of German U-boats, postal battalion soldiers quickly organized a system to find troops who had been on the march since the D-Day invasion.
- But the 855 women in the Six Triple Eight figured it out, processing 65,000 pieces of mail during each eight-hour shift. They worked in unheated buildings with windows darkened because of nightly attacks by German pilots and V-2 rockets.
They were the only battalion of black women deployed during WWII. Now, they’re finally getting the recognition they always deserved
- More than 800 women went. Fewer than 10 are still alive. Three of them paraded down America’s Main Street to the roars of the crowd. 74 years after they became the only battalion of African American women to deploy overseas during World War II, the National
Memorial Day Parade honors the troops.
All-black World War II women’s battalion to be honored at Memorial Day parade
- Surviving members of the
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, an all-black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, will be honored on Memorial Day. The Women’s Army Corps, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 1, 1943, included a little known
battalion of African American women. Nicknamed “Six Triple Eight,” the unit of 824 women traveled overseas to England and France where they were tasked with handling, sorting and delivering an immense backlog of mail destined for and sent by U.S. forces.
Please join me in recognizing and honoring these extraordinary women for their service and dedication to our country. For questions or to cosponsor this bill, please contact Chris Goldson of my staff at (Chris.Goldson@mail.house.gov) or at (202) 225-4572.
Member of Congress
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