U.S. House of Representatives Passes Senator Moran’s Legislation to Award the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion the Congressional Gold Medal – Press releases
WASHINGTON DC. – The United States House of Representatives tonight unanimously passed legislation by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Women’s Army Corps who served in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion – the “Six Triple Eight” – during World War II. 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 sponsored 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,” 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 appreciation from Congress. 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 mom and dad. 80 years after their service, we are finally able to recognize these extraordinary women for their service to our nation with the highest honor Congress can bestow. I appreciate Rep. Moore and Rep. LaTurner for leading this effort to the House and Colonel Edna Cummings for all her work in honoring the Six Triple Eights on behalf of a grateful nation.
“The Six Triple Eight were a pioneering group of sheroes who were the only all-black women’s corps battalion to serve overseas during World War II”, Rep. Moore said. “Faced with both racism and sexism in a war zone, these women sorted through millions of pieces of mail, closing huge mail backlogs and ensuring service members received letters from loved ones. A Congressional Gold Medal is appropriate only for those veterans who received little recognition for their service after returning home. I am honored to recognize the selfless service of the Six Triple Eight, which is long overdue, and to be able to award Congress’s highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the women of the Six Triple Eight, including my constituent , Mrs. Anna Mae Robertson, whose daughter inspired me to get involved in this effort. With the passage of the House, we are now much closer to making this law law. I am grateful to retired Lt. Col. Edna Cummings and Carlton Philpot whose tireless advocacy helped move this legislation forward. I also thank Senator Jerry Moran, whose leadership helped get this legislation passed in the Senate and Representative Jake LaTurner, who joined me in this bipartisan effort in the House, and their able staff.
“I am honored to help introduce this legislation to the House to award the Six Triple Eights Congress’ highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their heroic service to our nation,” said Rep. LaTurner. “This group of brave women helped sort and deliver millions of vital mail to soldiers on the battlefield during World War II. I want to thank my fellow Kansan, Senator Moran, for helping get this bill across the finish line in the Senate.”
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 688th were here, and I hope I’ll 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.
“I am grateful to the 6888th Veterans, families and thousands of supporters who have worked to make this vision of Congressional Gold Medal a reality,” said Col. Edna W. Cummings, 6888th attorney.
Senator Moran today delivered remarks on the floor of the Senate today acknowledging the passage of the House from the 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 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.
Inspection of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
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