Genealogy Adventures

S04 E26: Major Charity Adams Earley and The Women’s the 6888th Battalion

The Genealogy Adventures team has come across a group of women with a history that is so riveting…we realized would take three shows just to give you a taste of the remarkable things they have done in history. It’s a history too few people know about.

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed the “Six Triple Eight”, was an all-black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). The 6888th 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. The group motto was “No mail, low morale”.

The battalion was commanded by Major Charity Edna Adams Early, who became the highest-ranking African-American woman in the military at the end of World War II.

As you can see honoring these women in one show is just impossible – so we’re presenting the history of this battalion of women as a 3-part series. In this episode, we welcome the son and daughter of Maj. Charity Edna Adams Earley to the show. Stanley and Judith Earley will join us and talk to us about their mum and her stories of leading the six triple eight!

Maj. Earley’s memoir on this chapter of her life is available to buy online: One Woman’s Army: A Black Officer Remembers the WAC

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