All-Black, All-Woman WWII Unit Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

October 20, 2022

Seventy-seven years after World War II, the only all-Black Women’s Army Corps unit to serve in Europe during the conflict is set to receive one of the United States’ highest civilian honors. On March 14, reports Deborah Bailey for the Afro, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. Details of the formal award ceremonies have yet to be finalized.

Credited with clearing a six-month backlog of mail to American troops in just three months, according to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the “Six Triple Eight” followed a motto of “no mail, low morale.” As the National WWII Museum notes, the women, who were stationed in Europe during the final months of the war, processed an average of 65,000 pieces of mail per shift, for a total of 17 million by the conflict’s end.

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