Vista, CA –On Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at 6:30pm (PT), local nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors is hosting a special free online screening of the Six Triple Eight documentary.
The Six Triple Eight was a U.S. Army battalion of 855 black women that was sent in 1945 to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months.
They were never fully recognized…until now…. “No mail, low morale,” was the motto of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the U.S. Army’s only all-African American and all female unit during World War II, said Marine veteran Keisha Javis-Jones, who was inspired to serve herself by the stories of the women who made up the unit. “They were the original trailblazers.”
Javis-Jones’ grandfather was one of the Soldiers who received mail thanks to the women’s efforts. “He used to tell me stories about what he went through in terms of racial discrimination,” she shares. “He said the only thing that kept him going was those letters.”
Foundation for Women Warriors’ mission is to serve women veterans and their children so that their next mission is clear and continues to impact the world. FFWW is the only organization in California solely focused on serving women veterans and their families. Their programs enhance the personal and economic wellbeing of women veterans and address the growing needs of the increasing population of military women transitioning to civilian life.