WWII VET: First Black Female Battalion Honored

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II veteran who served in the first African-American female battalion is getting some long overdue recognition.

Private Indiana Hunt-Martin of Buffalo is set to receive several medals at a ceremony on Thursday. Congressman Brian Higgins will present the honors at AMVETS Post 13 in Buffalo.

Hunt-Martin was one of more than 800 members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in the Women’s Army Corps. The “six-triple-eight” as it was known was the first African-American female battalion and the only all-women battalion to be deployed overseas.

Higgins’ office says Hunt-Martin was honorably discharged from the Army on Nov. 10, 1945 but never received the medals she earned.