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Roses in Concrete: Black Female WW II Vets Honored

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Better late than never. That is likely what members of the first African-American female unit to serve overseas in World War II thought when they were honored on Wednesday, according to CNN.com. During the war, nearly 1,000 women from the "Six-Triple Eight" Central Postal Battalion moved mail for millions of American service members and civilians in English and French warehouses. Their service to this country had been overlooked for years, starting with when they returned to the United States from assignments overseas. Eight hours at a time, three shifts per day, seven days a week, these resilient and patriotic women sorted mail. And because of them, 65,000 letters went out each shift to soldiers across Europe. The honorees received a letter of appreciation signed by the Army Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army, an Army lapel pin and an Army decal.—BB

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