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      Members of the US Army 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion march in Rouen, 27 May 1945. The 6888th was the first battalion of African American women to serve overseas [[MORE]] Further reading...

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      May 27,1945 -- The 6888th Central Postal Battalion was an all female, all black unit responsible for sorting every piece of mail sent to US troops in the European theater. Sorting the 90 billion pieces of mail sent to American troops in Europe required the women to keep track of the location of every US solider in Europe, including all 7,500 Robert Smiths. Yet thanks to their round the clock sorting, 65,000 letters went out three times a day to soldiers throughout Europe."

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