Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion completed their training for overseas duty at Fort Oglethorpe, then deployed to Birmingham, England, in February 1945. Their assignment was to clear more than 17 million pieces of backlogged mail, two years’ worth, to American GIs serving in the European theater of war. The 855 members of the battalion were given one year to clear the backlog. Working round the clock in triple shifts, the women accomplished their task in six months. The 6888th’s story, long forgotten, is now the subject of an award- winning documentary called “The Six Triple Eight.” The 50-minute film premiered in Chattanooga on Feb. 13 at the University of Tennessee’s University Center Auditorium.
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