Mon, March 2, 2020
USAWC Women's History Month
On the ground in World War II, the morale of U.S. Army Soldiers directly impacted success in battle against Hitler's Nazi forces. If the mail did not arrive, the Soldiers took a hit to morale, making postal services indispensable from the lowest private to the highest general. On March 2, 2020, the U.S. Army War College will celebrate Women's Heritage Month by showcasing the women who delivered over 17 million pieces of mail to the troops during the war - the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. The event will feature COL (RET) Edna Cummings as she screens the documentary film, The Six Triple Eight - No Mail, Low Morale. The screening will be at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA starting at noon.
Since the invasion of Fortress Europe in 1944, warehouses across the United States and England brimmed with millions of packages, letters, and postcards addressed to servicemen and women from family, wives, husbands, girlfriends, and boyfriends. The mail, destined to raise the morale of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Red Cross workers, either sat undelivered or took a tour around Europe trying to catch up with the ever-chaotic movements of war-time personnel. The War Department finally decided to bring the problem under control and sent the 824 women from the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion into training. In February 1945, the all-black, all-female Women’s Auxiliary Corps unit shipped to England and France to eventually clear a backlog of over 17 million pieces of mail. The tireless efforts of the women of the 6888th, despite discrimination and setbacks, led the War Department to recognize the WAC as an absolutely essential part of the war effort.
The screening of the documentary The Six Triple Eight – No Mail, Low Morale will be at noon at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s Visitor and Education Center. The screening will be followed by a question and answer period and a meet-and-greet with the producers. The USAHEC's exhibits, to include The Making of an American Army art exhibit, "Where the Hell is Korea," "Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France," and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Prior to the lecture, feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org.