The Triple Victory of the 6888th
The 6888th Central Postal Battalion was the first Black Women's Army Corps (WAC) unit sent overseas during WWII. Following overseas training at Fort Oglethorpe, these 855 women were tasked with clearing a backlog of mail that had stretched for nearly two years in the European Theater of Operations. Originally given only six months to accomplish this daunting task, working under their motto "No mail, low morale,” the 6888th cleared the backlog in just three months.
The story of the women who joined the 6888th is inspiring, not only were they part of the war effort, they also advanced gender and racial equality in the United States Army. Facing discrimination and segregation throughout their military careers, this exhibit highlights their achievements and experiences.
APO Army Post Office
Army Serial Number (ASN) The individual number assigned to each member of the army
Attach To place an individual or unit temporarily under a commander other than its own.
Barracks Buildings which house troops
Battalion (Bn.) An army unit consisting of three to five companies, and between 300 and 1000 soldiers
CO Commanding officer
Enlisted Military personnel without officer rank
ETO European Theater of Operations
EW Enlisted woman (or women)
GI Government issue, also a nickname for soldiers
Guidon A small flag designating a unit
Hobby Hat Nickname for the WAAC/WAC cap, named after Director Oveta Culp Hobby
Intersectionality the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
-Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press
Jim Crow A racial caste system which operated primarily, but not exclusively in southern and border states, between 1877 and the mid-1960s. Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of second class citizens. Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-black racism.
-Jim Crow Museum, Ferris State University
OD Olive drab
Post A place where troops are stationed
Ration The amount of food allowed for one person for one day
Roster A list of personnel
Service Ribbon A ribbon awarded for a specific service
Unit An organization varying in size from a squad to a division
WAAC Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, used between May 1942 and September 1943
WAC Women’s Army Corps, used from September 1943 through the disbandment of the Corps in 1978.
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