The patriotic women that made up the only black female unit during WWII were recognized this weekend with a monument in Kansas, CBS News Radio reported.
The 800+ women who were a part of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion were responsible for organizing mail while serving in Birmingham, England. The unit was created to help work through the backlog of mail that was supposed to be distributed to U.S. service members.
RELATED: Discover Success Secrets with the ESSENCE Network Newsletter
RELATED: Victory! The United States Army Has Finally Lifted Its Ban On Locs
“Servicemen want their mail. That’s a morale booster,” 95-year-old Lena King, who was a part of the unit, told KCTV. “Within six months, we had cleared up two to three years of back mail.”
The monument in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas had all the names of the women and acknowledged their contributions.
RELATED: My Life As A Military Wife: I Became An Army Wife Almost Overnight
RELATED: US Army Selects First Black Female Major General
It was a trailblazing unit because the Women Army Corps were separated by race and women of color were rarely allowed to serve overseas.
You may like
Get The Essence Newsletter and Special Offers delivered to your inbox!