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6888th Congressional Gold Medal
February 28, 2022
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signing the 6888th Congressional Gold Medal on 28 Feb. 2022.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore Statement on House Passage of Her Bill to Award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Members of, the Women’s Army Corps 6888th (Six Triple Eight) Central Postal Directory Battalion
Congresswoman Moore released the following statement:
February 28, 2022
“The Six Triple Eight was a trailblazing group of sheroes who were the only all-Black, Women Army Corps Battalion to serve overseas during World War II. Facing both racism and sexism in a warzone, these women sorted millions of pieces of mail, closing massive mail backlogs, and ensuring service members received letters from their loved ones. A Congressional Gold Medal is only fitting for these veterans who received little recognition for their service after returning home.
I am honored to recognize Six Triple Eight’s selfless service, which is long overdue and to be able to award the highest honor in Congress, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the women of the Six Triple Eight including my constituent Ms. Anna Mae Robertson, whose daughter inspired me to get involved in this effort.
With House passage, we are now so much closer to making this legislation law. I am grateful to Retired Lt. Colonel Edna Cummings and Carlton Philpot whose tireless advocacy helped advance this legislation. I also thank Senator Jerry Moran whose leadership helped pass this legislation in the Senate and Rep. Jake LaTurner, who joined me in this bipartisan effort in the House and their capable staff’s,” said Congresswoman Moore.
“The women of the Six Triple Eight have earned a special place in history for their service to our nation,” said Sen. Moran. “It has been an honor to meet members of the battalion and help lead this effort to award the Six Triple Eight with the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest expression of national appreciation from Congress. Though the odds were set against them, the women of the Six Triple Eight processed millions of letter and packages during their deployment in Europe, helping connect WWII soldiers with their loved ones back home – like my father and mother. Nearly 80 years after their service, we are finally able to recognize these extraordinary women for their service to our nation with the highest distinction Congress can bestow. I appreciate Rep. Moore for leading this effort in the House and Col. Edna Cummings for all her work to honor the Six Triple Eight on behalf of a grateful nation.”
"I am honored to help introduce this legislation to award the Six Triple Eight with the highest honor in Congress, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their heroic service to our nation. This brave group of women helped sort and deliver millions of vital pieces of mail to soldiers on the battlefield during World War II," said Rep. LaTurner. "I want to thank Congresswoman Moore for leading this effort in the House and my fellow Kansan, Senator Moran, for helping get this bill across the finish line in the Senate."
“I’m grateful to the 6888th veterans, families, and thousands of supporters who worked to make this Congressional Gold Medal vision a reality,” said Col. U.S. Army (Ret.) Edna W. Cummings.
“It is Finished. After 76 years “The Trumpet” has sounded. Now the once buried and forgotten ‘Historic Heroic’ achievements of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion were honored on February 28, 2022, with the passage of the House of Representatives’ Bill H.R. 1012. This Bill authorized “the 6888th Congressional Gold Medal for the 855 African American, Hispanic, and Puerto Rican women of this unique WWII Unit. Thanks to all who made this long-overdue honor a reality. Now, let us all rejoice in the magnitude of God’s Grace and Blessings. What is needed now is a Presidential Signing Ceremony at the White House for the Six 6888th veterans still with us. ‘WHEN THE TIME IS RGHT, THE LORD WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN’ (Isaiah 60:22),” said Commander USN (Ret.) Carlton G. Philpot.
Background Information on Six Triple Eight
On July 1, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law legislation that created the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) within the U.S. Army. During the Second World War, despite executive orders issued by President Roosevelt the Army at-large remained completely segregated. However, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder of the National Council of Negro Women, advocated for the admittance of African American women within the WAC. Dubbed “10 percenters”, the recruitment of African-American women to the WAAC was limited to 10 percent of the population of the WAAC to match the proportion of African Americans in the national population.
After several units of white women were sent to serve in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, African-American organizations advocated for the War Department to extend the opportunity to serve overseas to African-American WAC units. Hence, the Six Triple Eight was created.
The Six Triple Eight served in England and France. Setting sail in February 1945, the 6888th arrived in Birmingham, England after surviving an arduous trip across the Atlantic under the constant threat of attack by German submarines.
When they arrived at their station in England, the Six Triple Eight faced a massive challenge to sort and deliver millions of pieces of mail, totaling a six-month backlog. Through their ingenuity and hard work, the Six Triple Eight eliminated the backlog of mail in three months, far ahead of schedule. They then were sent to France to successfully address a similar mail backlog. These deliveries helped support the morale of countless soldiers on the frontlines in Europe.
This Black History Month, my bill H.R. 1012/S. 321, the ‘Six Triple Eight’ Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2021 shows our nation’s appreciation for those who served in the 6888th by awarding the members of the battalion the Congressional Gold Medal. This medal is the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.
TOGETHER WE RISE: HONORING GROUP OF TRAILBLAZING WOMEN
NBC TODAY SHOW
February 3, 2022
During World War II, as segregation in the United States continued, millions of Black Americans registered for the draft or volunteered out of a sense of patriotism for a hope at greater opportunities. TODAY’s Al Roker meets women who served in the army unit that would make history, called the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, who were selected to go overseas during the war.
Black History Month: The Six Triple Eight
MORNING NEWS KTLA 5 News
February 1, 2022
The Six Triple Eight was a U.S. Army battalion of 855 black women that was sent in 1945 to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The Six Triple Eight was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months. They were never fully recognized…until now.
Honoring Veterans of WWII: Women of the 6888th
by THE BURNS & MCDONNELL TEAM
November 18, 2021
Retired Navy Cmdr. Carlton Philpot (left), Buffalo Soldier Monument project director, and retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former U.S. secretary of state, unveil the bust of Powell in the Circle of Firsts in the Buffalo Soldier Commemorative Area, Sept. 5 on Fort Leavenworth. The bronze bust is by Master Sculptor Eddie Dixon of Lubbock, Texas. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp.
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion — known as the Six Triple Eight — was the only all-Black Women Army Corps (WAC) unit deployed to Europe during World War II. On Nov. 30, 2018, five of the surviving veterans from the unit traveled to the Buffalo Soldier Commemorative Area at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for the dedication of a monument honoring their service.
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was active from 1945-1946. The battalion was formed to sort and distribute mail for military and civilian personnel because the Army realized the impact of connection on service members. It was noticed morale was lower when individuals did not receive mail and contact from loved ones.
Image: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images
The monument was gifted to West Point by the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, who raised up to $1 million over the course of five years to complete the project.
Given their nickname by Native Americans, the Buffalo Soldiers were members of six all-Black cavalry regiments of the U.S. Army who served in the western United States from 1867 to 1896. They played a pivotal role in the westward expansion of the United States and later taught military horsemanship to white cadets at West Point for 40 years.
by: UNITED STATES SENATOR for KANSAS Jerry Moran
Posted: April 30, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Women’s Army Corps who were assigned to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion – the “Six Triple Eight” – during World War II. The unit served at home and in Europe where they sorted and routed mail for millions of American servicemembers and civilians.
“The women of the Six Triple Eight deserve to have a special place in history for their service to our country,” said Sen. Moran. “It has been an honor to meet members of the battalion and lead this effort to award them the Congressional Gold Medal. I appreciate the Senate passing this legislation and will work tirelessly to advance it in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
The Six Triple Eight was the only all-black, all-female battalion to serve overseas during World War II, and they were responsible for clearing out an overwhelming backlog of mail, making certain American troops received letters from home to boost their morale.
Items to Note:
On April 20, 2021, Sen. Moran spoke at the memorial service for Deloris Ruddock, a member of the Six Triple Eight.
In February 2021, Sen. Moran reintroduced this legislation in 117th Congress.
In December 2020, the Senate passed Sen. Moran’s legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, but it did not pass the U.S. House of Representatives.
In March 2019, Sen. Moran introduced S. 633 to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
In November 2019, Sen. Moran participated in the dedication of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion Monument at the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park on Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
In October 2018, the Senate unanimously passed Sen. Moran’s resolution honoring the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
Click here to watch a special tribute to the women of the Six Triple Eight.
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Beloved WWII veteran and WSSU grad Elizabeth Barker Johnson dies at 100
by: Natalie Wilson
Posted: Aug 24, 2020 / 07:00 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 24, 2020 / 09:23 PM EDT
She had the crowd on its feet during Winston-Salem State University’s 2019 Commencement.
Elizabeth Barker Johnson finally experienced walking across the stage 70 years after earning her education degree.
Johnson, a World War II veteran, passed away Sunday.
She was 100 years old.
“She’s really going to be missed. It really hurts right now. It really does because we really weren’t expecting it,” her daughter Cynthia Scott said.
As they grieve, Johnson’s family takes some comfort in knowing that their beloved mother and grandmother’s 100 years were full of impact.
Johnson grew up in Elkin and enlisted in the Army in 1943.
New 6888th Vet: PVT Catherine Romay Johnson Davis in PEOPLE Magazine
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The unsung military heroes were nicknamed the "Six-Triple Eight" and were created after civil rights leader Dr. Mary McLeod and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt petitioned the military to lift the ban on black women serving. Although they were still segregated, the 855 women strong battalion worked 24/7 moving mountains of letters and care packages to millions of military service members on battlefields all over Europe. The unit's motto was, "no mail, low morale."
In Jan. 2019, Six-Triple Eight received recognition for their hard work with a monument at the Buffalo Soldier Monument Park in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
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African American Women Army Corps Battalion
Veterans of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, the only African American all-female unit sent overseas during World War II, shared memories of their service. The unit processed millions of pieces of backlogged mail for troops in the European theater.
An all-black Women's Army Corps unit from WWII is still fighting for recognition
CSPAN 3: (34 mins) The following event aired Monday (Nov 11). African American Women's Army Corps Battalion
Seven minute clip with news anchor Tom Brokaw, actor Terry Crews (narrating) and Rob Riggle introducing six members of the Six Triple Eight.