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                The 6888th Battalion was an all-black, all-female unit of the US

           military that delivered mail to World War II troops across England.

                                                                                                          In February 1945, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Bat-

                                                                                                     talion was established to deliver mail to American troops, gov-
                                                                                                     ernment personnel, and volunteers abroad in England. At the time,
                                                                                                     many packages and letters were poorly addressed or sent to in-
                                                                                                     dividuals with common names and little further direction. Mem-

                                                                                                     bers  of  the  service  weren’t  getting  their  mail,  which  had  an
                                                                                                     outsized impact on morale. Officials estimated that, with the dis-
                                                                                                     array of the postal warehouse, it would take around six months
                                                                                                     for the harrowing backlog to be sorted and delivered.

                                                                                                          African-American women were granted the opportunity to
                                                                                                     travel to serve overseas in late 1944, and the 6888th Battalion
                                                                                                     was full of eager, well-trained recruits. Led by Major Charity

                                                                                                     Edna Adams, the women of the “Six Triple Eight” spent time in
                                                                                                     Oglethorpe,  Georgia  preparing  for  service—jumping  over
                                                                                                     trenches, identifying enemy crafts, and marching. Mail delivery
                                                                                                     in a war zone did not come not without danger, and the women

                                                                                                     of  the  Battalion  faced  several  close  calls,  injuries,  and  even
                                                                                                     some instances of death.

                                                          Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons                 Though the reaction to this battalion was mixed, the Six Triple
                                                                                                     Eight was outstandingly efficient. The battalion worked in long
                                                                                                     shifts seven days a week and created a brand new tracking sys-
             The 6888th Battalion was an all-black, all-female unit                                  tem for the mail they received. Rather than accomplishing the
                                                                                                     sorting of mail in the projected six months, the recruits blew

                                                                                                     through the task in three.

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