19 February 2021

Published February 17, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

NO MAIL, LOW MORALE

           “I have a dream.” Dr. King’s words gave Millie hope for an end to her beloved country’s racial divide as she returned home from the march in Washington.

            Before she could open her door, someone tapped her shoulder. She whipped around to be caught in the blue-eyed gaze of a Raleigh policeman.

            “Mrs. Veasey, were you in the 6888 Postal Directory Battalion during WWII?”

            “And proud of it.” She stiffened. “We were the first black, female division in the US Army.”  

            “I was PFC Nelson…Belgium. No mail for months, until—” He saluted. “Thank you for your service, Ma’am.”

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75 comments on “19 February 2021

  • Dear Rochelle,
    This made my heart sing! — How wonderful for him to remember how much getting a letter from home meant to him and for her to hear her service meant more than she knew at the time! A cheery tale before the latest snowstorm hits 🌨❄️

    Shalom (stay warm!),
    Dora

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  • I believe that in studying Black History, it is critical to take time to read about the heroes as well as the victims. This story is a great example of the former, thank you for introducing me to Mrs Veasey. What a wonderful woman.

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  • A great story from historical events that few people knew about. This story came from an extensive article published in the VFW magazine. I don’t remember ever hearing about this 6888 Postal Directory Battalion before reading this article but, I can tell you from personal experience how important morale is tied to getting mail from your family & friends when you are half a world away. These ladies should have ALL received medals for what they accomplished. Thanks for the educational story of a little known WW2 Battalion.

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    • Dear Jan,

      The VFW article was my jumping off point. Thank you for that. There was a lot online including a special websites honoring many of the ladies. My only quandary was which lady to choose. Mrs. Veasey lived past 100 was given a special medal by President Obama. She had gone on to be a productive member of the NAACP. I love history. Thanks m’luv

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    • Dear Linda,

      I’m glad you found my story uplifting. There are good people in the world and I love finding their stories. Black History month is usually a treasure trove for learning about extraordinary people who got passed over. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Querida Isadora,

      It’s mind boggling, isn’t it? How did a country originally inhabited by bronze people come to be ruled by the glaringly white? We make a point, anytime we can, to thank vets for their service. Gracias.

      Shalom y abrazos mi amiga.

      Rochelle

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  • Rochelle,
    I like the combinations of all the elements here, the twist ending, the common connection of being veterans, plus the history lesson about the Postal Directory Battalion. These are the stories that should be told more often. I hope you’re doing well and staying warm.
    -David

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    • Dear David,

      I love finding the obscure, yet heroic, people who helped make a difference and share their stories. 😀 Glad you enjoyed.
      Things are starting to thaw after a week of record-setting low temps. Fortunately we’ve had heat inside and are staying well. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Wonderful, you captured the sentiment of many who looked forward to a letter. It was confirmation that everyone at home thought of you and made you feel close to them. Equally important and appreciated was the moral boosting effect of the hard work and effort to get those letter through. Some in very difficult situations. Great story.

    Distractions this week have meant that I missed my writing time.

    Many thanks, Take care now.

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    • Dear James,

      We forget in our world of technology and emails what power of a handwritten letter has, don’t we? Thank you for taking the time from your distractions to read and comment. You’re presence on the squares is missed.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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