Ms. Alyce Dixon, one of the first African-American women to serve in the Army during WWII and a resident of the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center (CLC) will turn 105 years old on September 11.
Although memories of the tragic attacks on our country by terrorists now take hold when we think about September 11, we can also celebrate the men and women who for over 200 years have served in the armed forces and fought for our treasured freedoms. Ms. Dixon is one of them.
She joined the Army in 1943 and served in the Women’s Army Corps, the 6888th Battalion. This was a Postal Service Division that was stationed in both England and France. It was an all African-American Women’s unit, tasked with sorting and distributing thousands of back mail and packages for the troops. The unit completed their work in record time, thereby getting many letters from loved ones to soldiers on the front lines who desperately needed support from home.
A birthday celebration will be held at the Medical Center ‘s CLC at 2 p.m. If you’d like to send a greeting to Ms. Dixon, visit the DC VA Medical Center’s Facebook page or mail a card to Ms. Alyce Dixon, c/o Washington DC VA Medical Center, Community Living Center, 50 Irving Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20422.