LEGATING IN LAW: Sen. Moran’s legislation to award the Central Postal Directory’s 6888th Battalion Congressional Gold Medal becomes law – Reuters
WASHINGTON DC. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 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, was signed into law by President Joe Biden. The unit served at home and in Europe where it sorted and routed the mail of millions of American servicemen and civilians. This legislation was also sponsored by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in the Senate and by Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) and Congressman Jake LaTurner (KS-02) in the House.
“The women of the Six Triple Eight have earned a special place in history for their service to our nation, and as of today, their sacrifice is enshrined in law with the highest honor Congress can bestow” , said Senator Moran. “It was an honor to meet members of the battalion and help lead this effort to award the Six Triple Eight the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest expression of national congressional appreciation. Against them, the women of the Six Triple Eight handled millions of letters and packages while deployed in Europe, helping to connect World War II soldiers with loved ones back home, like my father and mother. nation will always be grateful to the members of the Six Triple Eight and now, nearly 80 years after their service, we are finally able to recognize these extraordinary women on the national stage.Thank you to the President for moving quickly to enact this legislation, to the Representative Moore and Representative LaTurner for spearheading this effort in the House and Colonel Edna Cummings for her tireless work in support of the honor of the Six Triple Eight on behalf of a grateful nation.
“The heroic, barrier-breaking members of the Six Triple Eight Battalion – which included brave women from Nevada – played a crucial role in the operations of our Armed Forces during World War II,” said Senator Rosen. “They deserve our nation’s highest honors for their service. There’s no better time to give them this long-awaited recognition than during Women’s History Month, and I’m proud to see President Biden signing our bipartisan legislation.
“I am thrilled to know that the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Act is now signed into law! I want to thank Senator Moran and Rep. LaTurner for their leadership and partnership in this invaluable effort,” Rep. Moore said. “I also want to thank the defenders whose work ensures that this story of sacrifice has not been lost to history. This bill is for my constituent, Anne Mae Wilson Robertson, and all the unsung heroes of the Six Triple Eight. By enacting this legislation, our nation, in perpetuity, honors these pioneer heroes and helps ensure that their service will always be remembered. Now work can begin on designing the coin and planning the official Congressional ceremony to present the gold medal to these women and/or their families.
“I am thrilled that the legislation to award the Six Triple Eight with the Congressional Gold Medal is officially signed into law. After eight decades, these brave women will finally get the recognition they deserve for their heroic service to our nation during the Second World War, “ said Rep. LaTurner. “I want to thank my colleagues, Congresswoman Moore and Senator Moran, for their efforts to get this legislation across the finish line.”
The Six Triple Eight was the only all-black, all-female battalion to serve overseas during World War II, and they were responsible for clearing a huge mail backlog, causing some American troops to receive letters from home to boost morale.
“It never occurred to me that this would happen” said Major Fannie McClendon, (Ret.) USAF, 6888th Veteran.
“I wish more of the 6888th members were here, and I hope I will still be here when President Biden signs the bill,” said Ms. Lena King, 6888th Veteran. “It will be a beautiful day.”
“It is a wonderful recognition of the essential service the 6888th has provided to this country under extraordinarily difficult conditions,” said Stanley Earley, the 6,888th member of the family.
“The 6888th deserves this honor for their dedication to our soldiers and their country for completing the work assigned to them in record time,” said Janice Martin, 6888th family member.
“The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation’s gratitude for the 6888th Battalion and the thousands of African American women who served in the military during World War II,” said Col. Edna W. Cummings, 6888th attorney. “Their service will never be forgotten as soldiers and pioneers of gender and racial equality.”
Last month, Senator Moran delivered a speech in the Senate to acknowledge the passage of the House of Congressional Gold Medal Act “Six Triple Eight”. Click on HERE to watch Senator Moran’s full speech
Timeline of Senator Moran’s involvement in honoring the Six Triple Eights:
- On February 28, 202, this legislation was passed by the United States House of Representatives.
- On April 30, 2021, this legislation was unanimously passed by the US Senate.
- On April 20, 2021, Senator Moran spoke at the memorial service for Deloris Ruddock, member of the Six Triple Eight.
- In February 2021, Senator Moran reintroduced this legislation in the 117th Congress.
- In December 2020, the Senate passed Senator Moran’s legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, but it did not pass the United States House of Representatives.
- In March 2019, Senator Moran presented S.633 to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
- In November 2019, Senator Moran participated in the dedication of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion Monument at Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
- Senator Moran helped publicize the 6888th Battalion in the Central Postal Directory and as a result, the Army awarded the battalion Meritorious Unit Pay.
- In October 2018, the Senate unanimously passed Senator Moran’s resolution honoring the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
- Click on here to attend a special tribute to the women of the Six Triple Eight.
Senator Moran meets surviving members of the battalion at the memorial dedication
for the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion at Fort Leavenworth in November 2018.
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Inspection of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
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