Sending Office: Honorable Gwen Moore
Sent By:
Chris.Goldson@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

“NO MAIL, LOW MORALE,” the Motto of the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion

 

Endorsed by Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, the Association of the United States Army,
the National Coalition of Black Veterans, and the
Military Officers Association of America
(MOAA)

Dear Colleagues,

We write to invite you to join us as original cosponsors of legislation to provide a Congressional Gold Medal  to recognize the women of the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion (a.k.a. the “Six Triple Eight”), the only African American Women’s Army Corps
Battalion in the United States Army 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 was deployed to Europe to help clear a massive backlog in mail.  For deployed servicemembers, especially in the days before email and the internet, mail was an incredible morale booster.  These women faced racism, sexism and worked in
austere conditions but were able to clear more than 18 million pieces of backlog mail for Americans in the European Theater of Operations in less time than expected, ensuring that servicemembers were quickly reunited with letters and other materials from loved
ones back at home.    

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.

Additionally, these women had to operate under the challenges of “dual segregation.” Being women and African American, they were not allowed to sleep, shower or eat with white female personnel or soldiers while in Birmingham, England.

There are just a few known surviving members of the 6888 including one of Congresswoman Moore’s constituents, Anna Mae Robertson. Unfortunately her story, like many of the other women, remains largely untold.  It is time that Congress honor these women and
celebrate their bravery and service by bestowing up them the Congressional Gold Medal.  This legislation is a companion to a measure introduced in the Senate by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS).

In the coming months as we approach the 75th Anniversary of their deployment, a documentary about the service performed by these women will be screened across the country to help raise public awareness including in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Maryland
with plans to add showings in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and North Carolina. 

Please join us in honoring these extraordinary African American 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.

Sincerely,

 

Gwen Moore                                                   Steve Watkins

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

 

Current House 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, Veasey, Riggleman, Kuster, Bass, Gallego, Roybal-Allard, Lowey, Costa, Pocan, Carson, Harder, Brownley, Horsford,  Eddie Bernice Johnson,  Axne, McBath, Horn, Lawson,
McMorris Rodgers, Barragan, Zeldin, Lieu and Pascrell.

Current Senate Cosponsors:  Moran, Roberts, Rosen, Rounds, Baldwin, Booker, Isakson,
Tillis, Wicker, Van Hollen, Hyde-Smith, Daines, Warren, Cortez Mastro, Ernst, Murkowski,

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