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An all-black Women's Army Corps unit from WWII is still fighting for recognition


<b>An all-black Women's Army Corps unit from WWII is still fighting for recognition</b>Nearly 900 women went to Europe during the war, and delivered mail to the troops, while bombs dropped around them
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The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was an all-black battalion of the Women's Army Corps. The Six Triple-Eight, as it was nicknamed, had 855 black women, both enlisted and officers, and was led by Major Charity Adams Earley.It was the only all-black, all-female battalion overseas during World War II. Most of the 6888th worked as postal clerks. Their motto was "No mail, no morale". The battalion was organized into five companies, Headquarters, Company A, Company B, Company C, and Company D. Among the women were also cooks and mechanics. Some held other support positions, so that the 6888th was a self-sufficient unit. The 6888th devised their own system to handle the backlog of mail. The women of the 6888th worked in three different shifts, seven days a week, processing and delivering mail --a morale booster -- to fighting troops in Europe. Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion were awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during their service. On February 25, 2009, the Battalion was honored at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The event was attended by three former unit members of the 6888th including Alyce Dixon, Mary Ragland, and Gladys Shuster Carter. Dixon and Ragland were also honored by President Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle Obama in 2009. On November 30, 2018, Fort Leavenworth dedicated a monument to the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. Five women from the Battalion -- Maybeel Campbell, Elizabeth Johnson, Lena King, Anna Robertson and Deloris Ruddock --were present at the dedication. Even though their contribution was essential, the women were sometimes treated by their white comrades with racism and hatred. Lena King, one of the women, now 95, recalls: "I met one white American soldier. The first thing that came out of his mouth, he said, 'What are you doing here, nigger?' All we were doing... we're trying to get letters to people like him," King said. Because they didn't get any parades when they got home, retired Army Colonel Edna Cummings would like to see them recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal.   "During a time where they were denied basic liberties as Americans, they still wanted to serve the United States," Cummings said.

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