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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
'The View' celebrates Black History Month honoring heroes and role models
The daytime talk show highlights those who helped make a difference in America.
By The View
February 28, 2020,
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.
U.S. Army Reserve (Online)
JANUARY 20, 2020
By Sgt. Salvatore Ottaviano
Army Reserve Soldier honors trailblazer at Martin Luther King event
TRENTON, N.J. —
New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission hosted the state’s annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19 at the N.J. State Museum Auditorium here.
Maj. Lakisha Hale-Earle, chief of G1 plans and training for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division headquartered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, served as guest speaker for the event.
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2020 New Jersey MLK Jr. Commemorative Event
OCTOBER 26, 2019
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.