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Women of World War II - March 8, 2019

Members of the 6888th, or "Six-Triple-Eight," as it was called. (Photo from U.S. Army)

Q: A monument at Fort Leavenworth honors a unique U.S. Army unit that has the distinction of being the only all-African American, all-female unit sent overseas during World War II. The women of the Central Postal Directory Battalion kept mail flowing to nearly seven million soldiers in the European Theater. What's the numeric designation of this army battalion?

A: The 6888th or the “Six-Triple-Eight”

This week, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran introduced bipartisan legislation to award a 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 service members and civilians. "I am honored to introduce legislation advocating for Congressional Gold Medals for the women of the 6888 – the only all-black, all-female battalion to serve overseas during World War II,” said Senator Moran. The legislation is cosponsored by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts. Last October, the Senate unanimously passed Moran’s resolution honoring the 6888th. And last November, Moran participated in the dedication of a monument honoring the 6888th at Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park at Fort Leavenworth.  

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