Member of all-black female WWII battalion dies at 100

Kaylah Jackson
March 19, 2018 - 10:59 am

Photo Courtesy of 6888th monument committee


Photo Courtesy of 6888th monument committee

Raleigh N.C. -- A member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, also known as the "Six Triple Eight," Millie Dunn Veasey has died at 100.

Veasey enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 and served throughout the United States, England and France during WWII. She was a member of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion, an integral unit that helped sort millions of pieces of mail. They were U.S. Army's first and only all-black and all-female WAC unit that deployed overseas during the Second World War. 

Using the G.I. Bill, she graduated in 1953 with a degree in business administration and a minor in English from St. Augustine's College. She later received her Master’s Degree in Business Education from North Carolina Central University, eventually retiring in 1988 as the Director of Career Planning and Placement Cooperative Education at St. Augustine’s College.

According to the Haywoord Funeral Home, Veasey was the first female president of the Raleigh Chapter of the NAACP, active in the Federation of Democratic Women, American Legion and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Funeral services will be held at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church 813 Darby Street, Raleigh, NC.