While serving in World War II, members of the U.S. Army’s 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion were tasked to sort and deliver approximately millions of letters and packages that had been backlogged for years.

They were given six months to finish the job. They did it in three.

Five members of that battalion attended a dedication ceremony last week for a new monument on Fort Leavenworth that honors the work of the 6888th, an all-African American battalion in the Women’s Army Corps.

The monument is located in Buffalo Soldiers Monument Park on the military installation.

The monument features the bust of Maj. Charity Adams Earley, commanding officer of the battalion.

It also features the names of approximately 850 women who served in the battalion.

“They changed the face of the Army forever,” said Carlton Philpot, one of the primary organizers of the monument project.

“They delivered – both literally and figuratively,” said keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Douglas Crissman.

Several dignitaries attended the event at Frontier Chapel, including U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, as well as Col. Marne Sutten, garrison commander.

Also in attendance was Stanley Earley, the son of Charity Adams Earley.

Several city and state officials also were on hand.