Adams Earley, Charity Edna (1918 – 2002)

Adams Earley, Charity Edna (1918 – 2002)

  • <p>Charity Edna Adams Earley. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.</p>
  • <p>6888th Central Directory Postal Battalion. Courtesy of</p> <p>Major Dominic Johnson, US Army (Ret.) and Dr. Brenda L. Moore book-To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race, NY University Press.</p>

In December 1944, Adams led the only black company of Women's Army Corps (WAC) ever to serve overseas. They were stationed in Birmingham, England. Adams was put in charge of a postal directory service unit. In March 1945, she was appointed the commanding officer of the first battalion of African-American women, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. They were stationed first in Birmingham. Three months later, they were moved to Rouen, France, then to Paris. They were responsible for the delivery of mail to over seven million soldiers during World War II.

The 6888th left from Staten Island for their journey overseas and returned here when their deployment was over.

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