S04 E25: The Women’s Army Corp 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion – Part 1

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 Battalion 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. The battalion was organized into five companies, Headquarters, Company A, Company B, Company C, and Company D. Most of the 6888th worked as postal clerks, but others were cooks, mechanics and held other support positions, so that the 6888th was a self-sufficient unit.

To honor the service of these heroic black women, we welcomed Carmaletta Williams back to the show to talk about the herculean feat of achievement these women accomplished. The women worked 24 hours (3X8 hours shift) daily. They sorted 65,000 letters/parcels per 8-hour shift. This equals 17,550,000 million pieces of mail and parcels every day. The unit broke all records for redirecting mail.

These women sorted mail not just for Army personnel but for all services and civilians in the European Theater of Operations.

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