In early 1945 a predominantly all-black, all-female battalion was sent to Europe to do the impossible: ensure delivery of 17 million pieces of mail to aid morale across the continent. They succeeded, but it took over fifty years – and the work of many – for the exploits of the “Six Triple Eight” to be recognized. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie. C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with Col (Ret.) Edna Cummings to discuss her efforts to bring attention to the 6888, the glass ceilings she burst through in her own 25-year Army career, and what it was like to witness the 6888’s leader Charity Adams honored in the recent naming of Fort Gregg-Adams.
Guest: COL (Ret.) Edna Cummings, Army Reserve Ambassador-Maryland, Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Champion, and Documentary Producer
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