The Women of the

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

Parade honoring Joan d'Arac

Rouen, France

May 27, 1945

On May 15, 1942 the Women's Auxillary Army Corps (WAACs) was formed, and in July 1942, the word "auxillary" was dropped from the name, and the Military Army Corps (WACs) was formed giving women full military benefits like their male counterparts. The 6888th was the first and only all Black Female Women Army Corps (WAC) unit to be deployed overseas during WWII. The unit was active from 1945 to 1946 and consisted of 855 women under the Command of Major Charity Adams, Captians Mary F. Kearney and Bernice G. Henderson. Their nickname was “Six-Triple Eight" and their motto was “No Mail, Low Morale.” See list of 800 plus names in this site.

LTC Charity Adams, Oral History, 1990

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
Women of Distinction, Dedication, and Determination

The 6888th consisted of all African-American women who were assigned to Birmingham England, Rouen, France and Paris, France during World War II. Their mission was to clear several years of backlogged mail in the European Theater of Operations.  They worked in cold, dirty, dark rat infested aircraft hangars with broken windows. Additionally, 7,500 pieces  of mail were addressed to Robert Smilth and some just to Junior, US Army. 

Anna Mae Robertson, The “Six Triple Eight”

A interview with PFC Anna Mae Wilson and her daughter Janice Banyard on the history of the 6888th

Newspaper Article- Anna Mae Robertson (2

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Review the 800 plus names provided in this site to see if a relative’s name is or is not there. These are all we could locate of the original 855.


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