Sen. Moran Introduces Bill to Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the WWII “Six-Triple-Eight” Battalion
Feb 12 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced bipartisan legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Women’s Army Corps, who were assigned to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion – the “Six-Triple-Eight” – during World War II. The unit served at home and in Europe where they sorted and routed mail for millions of American servicemembers and civilians. U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) introduced the companion legislation in the House.
The 6888th Postal Directory Battalion was the only all-black, all-female battalion to serve overseas during World War II, and they were responsible for clearing out an overwhelming backlog of mail, making certain American troops received letters from home to boost their morale.
“As we celebrate Black History Month, I’m pleased to lead the effort to award the women of the ‘Six-Triple-Eight’ with the Congressional Gold Medal,” said Sen. Moran. “Their unit arrived in the European Theater of Operations on February 12, 1945, so it is fitting that we recognize their important place in history this week with the reintroduction of this bill. These brave women and their service to our country deserve a special spot in history, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to make certain the Senate does its part in honoring their service and sacrifice.”
“As we celebrate Black History month, let us not forget the incredible dedication of these women, like my constituent Anna Mae Robertson, who despite facing racism, sexism and working in austere conditions in a war zone, worked day and night to support our troops with the motto ‘No Mail, Low Morale,’” said Rep. Moore. “When they returned home, their hard work and selfless service was not recognized. As a country, we can correct this wrong, ensure their story of sacrifice is told, and give these women the honor they earned by awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to these heroes. I am pleased to be joined by members from both sides of the aisle, including Senator Moran, and Rep. Jake LaTurner, in introducing this legislation to honor these brave veterans.”
Sen. Moran meets with surviving members of the battalion during the dedication of the memorial for the
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion at Fort Leavenworth.
Items to Note:
- In October 2018, the Senate unanimously passed Sen. Moran’s resolution honoring the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
- In November 2018, Sen. Moran participated in the dedication of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion Monument at the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park on Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
- Sen. Moran introduced this bill during the 116th Congress, and it unanimously passed the Senate but did not advance through the House.
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