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World War II Veterans - Alyce Dixon

Cpl. Alyce Dixon

Cpl. Alyce Dixon
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

World War II Veteran: 1943–1946
T-5 Corporal–US Army
 
Locations of Service
Scotland, England and France
 
Medals
Good Conduct Medal
 
Alyce Dixon was born in Boston on September 11, 1907. She enlisted in the US Army prior to the beginning of World War II, and was assigned to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion when it was established in January 1945. The 6888th was the only unit of African-American women in the Women’s Army Corps to serve overseas during World War II. The 6888th was tasked with eliminating floor-to-ceiling stacks of undelivered mail and packages addressed to US service members, but stored in British warehouses. This backlog dampened the morale of soldiers serving on the front lines. The 6888th, under extraordinarily difficult working conditions, eliminated the backlog of mail. The 6888th then was detailed to France, where they were tasked with eliminating a backlog of mail in six months. However, since the unit was aware of the importance of the frontline soldiers receiving their mail, the unit accomplished its task in half the time. After the war, Alyce Dixon lived in Washington and worked for the federal government for 35 years.

For her dedicated military service during World War II, and for her public service on behalf of the District of Columbia: Alyce Dixon, a proud World War II veteran and District of Columbia resident, the District of Columbia salutes you!