NJ street named for one of WWII’s all-Black, female postal group

It’s not often you get to hear from a 100-year-old veteran that is also a New Jersey native.

Not only do we get to hear her story, but New Jerseyans can now visit what was formerly known as North Oraton Parkway and Davis Place to see the new and improved Gladys Eva Blount Way.

The street was named after none other than Gladys Blount, who was shipped to England to help in World War II over 77 years ago.

She was one of 855 members of an all-Black, female postal battalion who were given the task of sorting through letters and packages during the war.

They looked for family letters in order to boost the morale of soldiers and remind them of those at home.

Blount sorted through thousands of letters a day, and the job the battalion did was a valuable part of the war effort.

However, upon her return to the U.S., she received little to no recognition for her efforts.

Part of this was due to the political climate at the time, as she was seen as a minority in her community.

She kept her head down, however, and kept up her work ethic without a care in the world for who was watching

 


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My Grandfather was a U.S. Marine in WWII and was in from January 1942 through April 1946. He fought in 4 major Island offenses with the last being Okinawa. He came back home and returned to life with no fanfare, no recognition. The only thing he got was a ruddy duck and nightmares at night. This was the same for millions of Americans, not all who returned got the Metal of Honor award and became movie stars. I respect the story and that Black Americans played their part in WWI and WWII and were segregated and not treated equal which… Read more »

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