The first African American WACs to arrive on the continent of Europe during World War II were 800 women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, who had also been the first to arrive in England. After the battalion had set up its facilities at Rouen, France, it held an ‘open house’, which was attended by hundreds of African American soldiers. Pvt. Ruth L. James of the battalion is shown on duty at the gate.
Photo source: U.S. Army Signal Corps
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