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Women’s History Month: Six Triple Eight, The Only All-Black Female WWII Unit

1. 6888 then-Major Charity Adams inspecting her troops, Birmingham, England - Abbie Edens.jpg

(WEAA)— During World War II, the U.S. Army sent 855 Black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to sort and route mail for millions of service members and civilians.

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve oversees during WWII. 

For decades, the women—who faced both racism and sexism— received little to no recognition for their accomplishments.

Recently, the House voted to award the Black female unit with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Edna Cummings, who advocated for the recognition of the Six Triple Eight, joins Two Way Talk to honor the sheros and to share the battalion’s story.

Click the audio to listen.