About 6,500 Black women enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. The Black women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, more commonly referred to as the Six Triple Eight, are finally getting recognized for their service. Smithsonian shares their story.
The unit worked round the clock, seven days a week, in three eight-hour shifts that each processed an average of more than 65,000 pieces of mail. Some packages had been damaged beyond repair, so a special unit had to reassemble their scattered contents by matching up dates and packing materials. The Six Triple Eight—as they were called—also had the task of censoring letters, making sure no sensitive information would compromise the war effort. (The job seemed juicy at first, but many of the letters were tediously long-winded.)
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