The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was an all-Black, all-female Central Postal Directory that was established in February 1945. The legendary 6888th, better known as the "Six Triple Eight", was at the forefront of the Women's Army Corps and famously adopted the motto "No mail, low morale."

The iconic "Six Triple Eight"  was 855 members strong and consisted of enlisted and Army officers, that were led by Major Charity Adams. They were the only all-black, all-female battalion overseas during World War II, for the sole purpose of delivering mail to American troops, government personnel, and volunteers abroad in England. The war caused an epic backlog on the mail service, especially for mail going out to American soldiers and members of the U.S. military.


Due to the dire circumstances many packages and letters that were poorly addressed didn't get mailed at all or were sent to the military members with common names and addresses. It was so bad at the time that military officials estimated that it would take roughly six months to get every sorted and delivered. Thankfully in late 1944, the "Six Triple Eight" were granted the chance to serve overseas and were not only up to the challenge but well-trained to deliver the mail to soldiers in the war zones across England

The all-Black, all-female battalion faced several injuries and even death in some instances, but they never quit. Through their fearless work, the "Six Triple Eight" also created a new tracking system! The history-making group of Black women worked seven days a week for long hours that brought the six months projected time frame down to three months instead. To learn more about these amazing African American women and their incredible courage click here.

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