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House Passes Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medal to the Only African American Women’s Army Unit to Serve Overseas During WWII

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill in honor of Black History Month.

  • The ‘Six Triple Eight’ Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2021” (S.321) a bill by Senator Moran (R-KS). This is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1012, introduced by Rep. Moore (D-WI). This bill directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the award of a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (commonly known as the ‘Six Triple Eight’) in recognition of their pioneering military service as the only African American Women’s Army unit to serve overseas during World War II and for their contributions to increasing morale by ensuring that no mail went undelivered to personnel stationed in the European theater of operations. The medal shall be given to the Smithsonian Institution and made available for display and research. 

The bill passed by a vote of 422-0.


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