Every February, our Nation commemorates Black History Month. Black History Month is devoted to sharing the stories of African Americans who have made contributions to our country. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
In our Trailblazers Section, we shine the spotlight on African American women’s contributions to the U.S. Army. Here you will find profiles of multiple women who have blazed trails in the Army. Some of them have served their country and retired from the military. Some, including those from the World War II era, have already passed. Still, others are at the peak of their careers or have made history even while launching one.
These women, many of whom had to overcome adversity, stand as role models for all soldiers. We are grateful for their service.
Please follow their stories on the foundation’s Website, www.awfdn.org/trailblazers.
Among the incredible trailblazers are the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. More than 75 years after World War II, they are our heroes. Despite facing racial and gender discrimination, they set a record of getting mail to soldiers on the battlefield. Read their story as told by 98-year-old, 6888th Veteran, Mrs. Lena Derriecott King.
We are also thankful to the Army Nurse Corps Association, historian Mary Sarnecky, and the Tuskegee Army Nurses Project to assist with this project.