U.S. W.A.C. Postal Unit #6888 Monument - Agawam, MA
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Quick Description: A monument honoring women of the Women's Army Corp Postal Unit #6888 is located along Memorial Path in the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery, 1390 Main St, Agawam, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/13/2017 9:25:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMVPAH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ištván
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Long Description:

A polished black granite monument honors the women of Women's Army Corp Postal Unit #6888 who served overseas during World War II. The monument is inscribed:

IN HONOR OF THE U.S. W.A.C.
POSTAL UNIT #6888
1ST BLACK UNIT TO SERVE OVERSEAS
ENGLAND-FRANCE 1943-1945
ESPECIALLY THE FOLLOWING VETERANS

WILMA LUCAS JENNINGS
LAURA BIAS KING
GRACE LUCAS
VIVIAN LUCAS CARTER
YOLANDA NEWPORT JONES

The Women’s Army Corps (WAC) was created by a law signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 1 July 1943. After several units of white women were sent to serve in Europe during World War II, African-American organizations petitioned the War Department to extend the opportunity to serve overseas to African-American WACs.

In November 1944 a battalion of 817 African-American women was created and designated as the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed “Six Triple Eight.” On February 3, 1945, the first contingent of the battalion sailed for Britain and arrived at Glasgow, Scotland, on February 14, 1945. They traveled by train to Birmingham, England. A second contingent arrived in Birmingham from Scotland fifty days later. In Birmingham, the women of the 6888 had to deal with warehouses full to the ceiling with letters and packages destined for servicemen in Europe.

The women specifically named on the monument were all residents of Massachusetts.

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: Daylight Hours - 1390 Main St, Agawam, MA.

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Location of waymark:
Memorial Path
Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery
Agawam, MA United States
01001


Commemoration: Women of the U.S. W.A.C. Postal Unit #6888

Date of Dedication: Not listed

Access times: Not listed

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