A 102-year-old World War II veteran from an all-Black, all-female battalion was honored for her service at an event at Montgomery City Hall.
This comes after President Joe Biden signed a bill authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal for the unit, which is known as the “Six Triple Eight.”
Romay Davis was one of many women whose job it was to sort through letters and packages in warehouses in Europe that had been sent to U.S. troops from back home during the war.
The women worked all hours around the clock, taking shifts to process nearly 65,000 items each shift, which allowed them to clear a six-month backlog of mail in just three months.
“We all had to be broken in, so to speak, to do what had to be done,” Davis told NBC News. “The mail situation was in such horrid shape they didn’t think the girls could do it. But they proved a point.”
After the war ended in Europe, the segregated unit went to France where they worked on more piles of pail. Here, they received much better treatment than they would’ve at home under Jim Crow regimes.
Today, Davis is the oldest living member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
“Though the odds were set against them, the women of the Six Triple Eight processed millions of letters and packages during their deployment in Europe, helping connect WWII soldiers with their loved ones back home, like my father and mother,” U.S. Senator Jerry Moran said in a statement earlier this year.