World War II Veteran Romay Davis and others honored on Tuesday

July 26, 2022
Old letters and photos

I was honored to serve, and if I could do it again, I would.

102-year-old Romay Davis on serving in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. On Tuesday, Davis was honored at a ceremony in Montgomery, Alabama.

Why It Matters: On Tuesday, 102-year-old Romay Davis — the oldest surviving member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion — was honored at Montgomery City Hall for her service during WWII. This follows U.S. President Joe Biden's signing of a bill to award members of Davis' unit with the Congressional Gold Medal — the "highest expression of national appreciation" that can be awarded by Congress.

  • The Associated Press reports that although the Congressional Gold Medals are not yet ready to be awarded, "leaders decided to go ahead with events for Davis and five other surviving members of the 6888th given their advanced age."
  • Davis' service in WWII: Davis, along with more than 800 other Black women, served in the 6888th Central Postal Battalion — nicknamed the "Six Triple Eight." Davis mainly served as a driver in the battalion.
  • Her all-female, all-Black unit "achieved unprecedented success and efficiency in solving the military's postal problems" during WWII, helping to connect millions of letters and packages sent from families back in the U.S. to servicemembers throughout Europe. Her unit's motto? "No Mail, Low Morale."
  • More on Davis: "Following her five brothers, Davis enlisted in the Army in 1943. After the war the Virginia native married, had a 30-year career in the fashion industry in New York and retired to Alabama. She earned a martial arts black belt while in her late 70s and rejoined the workforce to work at a grocery store in Montgomery for more than two decades until she was 101" (Associated Press).

102-year-old WWII veteran from segregated mail unit honored (Associated Press)

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (U.S. Army Center of Military History)

She joined the only Black female unit sent overseas in WWII. Now 102, she's the oldest living member (The Washington Post)

by Jenna Lee,