Elizabeth Helm-Frazier discusses the efforts being made to secure the recognition of the only African-American WACS to serve overseas during World War II.
A link to Helm-Frazier’s pre-recorded Virtual Legacy Lecture will be emailed directly to Foundation members on March 25, 2021 at 5:30PM.
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About the Lecture
When the women of the 6888th battalion were transferred home and disbanded at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1946, there was no ceremony, no parades, no public appreciation, and no official recognition for all their accomplishments. Though there have been exhibits and educational programs about the 6888th, public events honoring the women of the battalion have been few.
About the Speaker
Elizabeth Helm-Frazier served just over 25 years with the U.S. Army, retiring in 2006 and then working as a military contractor before entering civil service. She currently serves as executive assistant to the chief information security officer at the Veteran’s Administration in Virginia.
Helm-Frazer earned her bachelor’s degree with Wayland Baptist University in 1999 while stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. While serving, she was recognized as a Career Counselor of the Year, was Mentor of the Year in San Antonio, and was Volunteer of the Year for the Women’s Army Corps in Fort Gordon, Ga. She has also been honored for her great work with the 6888th Battalion, including a selection to the U.S. Army Women’s Hall of Fame.
She and others continue to lobby for Congressional Gold Medals for the battalion members and a commemorative U.S. postage stamp as well. Helm-Frazier is also one of the producers of the documentary film “The Six Triple Eight: No Mail, Low Morale.”
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