6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion


Major Charity Edna Adams and Captain Abbie Noel Campbell inspect the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion on February 15, 1945. U.S. Department of Defense/Public domain

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was part of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. The 6888th was the only battalion of black women from the U.S. to serve in Europe during World War II.

Tracy's Research:

  • Earley, Charity Adams. “One Woman’s Army: A Black Officer Remembers the WAC.” Texas A&M University Press. 1989.
  • Moore, Brenda L. “To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African American WACs Stationed Overseas During World War II.” New York University Press. 1996.
  • Fargey, Kathleen. “6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (Women’s Army Corps).” U.S. Army Center of Military History. February 2014. https://history.army.mil/html/topics/afam/6888thPBn/index.html
  • Hymel, Kevin M. “6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.” National Army Museum Foundation. 2/1/2018. https://armyhistory.org/6888th-central-postal-directory-battalion/
  • Stephenson, Lori. “A Debt of Honor 64 Years Past Due.” Our Heritage Magazine. Reprinted at Women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. https://www.womenofthe6888th.org/wome-of-courage-tenenacity-strength
  • Boyd, Deanna and Kendra Chen. “The History and Experience of African Americans in America’s Postal Service.” National Postal Museum. https://postalmuseum.si.edu/AfricanAmericanhistory/p7.html
  • Women’s Army Foundation. “6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.” https://www.awfdn.org/trailblazers/6888th/
  • Greenbaum, Kurt. “Well, Happy and Safe.” https://igreenbaum.com/

Topics in this Podcast: U.S. history, black history, World War II, military history, women, women in the military, mail