The SixTripleEight

Documentary, Featured | 74 minutes | 2019 | HD | USA


In February 1945, over eight hundred black women from the United States joined the U.S. Army and were sent to England to clear the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. Faced with racism and sexism from every direction, they managed to sort more than 17 million pieces of mail.

Led by Major Charity Adams, the highest-ranking black female in the U.S. Army during World War II, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, "The SixTripleEight", was the only all-black female unit of the Women's Army Corps to serve in Europe during the war.

Their mission: Get the backlog of mail that was stacked to the ceilings in Quonset huts in Birmingham, England to the soldiers. They adopted the motto, "No Mail, Low Morale."  In three months, they processed over 17 million pieces of mail working three eight-hour shifts, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Note: Tyler Perry is currently in post-production on a movie version starring Susan Sarandon, Kerry Washington & Oprah Winfrey.

The logo graphic on the poster is the Congressional Gold Medal designed by the United States Mint.  The legislation was signed into law by President Biden in March 2022.

Cast & Credits

Major Charity Adams Earley, Colonel Edna W. Cummings, Master Sergeant Elizbeth Helms-Frazier

Written & Directed by James Theres
Producers: Edna W. Cummings, Elizbeth Helms-Frazier, Malcholm Reese

Winner: Best Documentary, San Francisco Black Film Festival

Winner: Audience Choice, Detroit Black Film Festival

Nominee: Best Documentary, Charlotte Black Film Festival

Nominee: Best Documentary, Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival

Award Winner: International Documentary Film Festival

Finalist: International Black & Diversity Film Festival