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“Six Triple Eight”


Iron Roots Athlete Tribute WOD

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  • 6 Rounds for Time
  • 8 Snatch Grip Deadlifts (155/105 lb)
  • 8 Hang Power Snatches (155/105 lb)
  • 8 Overhead Squats (155/105 lb)

With a running clock, complete 6 rounds of the prescribed work in the order written as fast as possible (“For Time“).

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of the Overhead Squats is completed.

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Background: This workout is dedicated to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion who was an all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and was nicknamed the “Six Triple Eight.”

It was the only all-Black, all-female battalion overseas during World War II. The group motto was “No mail, low morale.” The 6888th had 855 Black women, both enlisted and officers. They were led by Major Charity Adams. Most of the battalion worked as postal clerks, but others were cooks, mechanics and help other support positions, so that the 6888th was a self-sufficient unit.

Early in their operation, a white general attempted to send a white officer to “tell them how to do it right,” but Major Adams responded, “Sir, over my dead body, sir!” The battalion finished what was supposed to be a six-month task in three months in May 1945 by devising their own system to handle the backlog of mail that averaged an estimated 65,000 pieces per shift. The 6888th were finally recognized in 2009, inducted into the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame in 2016, and a monument erected at Fort Leavenworth in 2018.

This workout was designed by Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athlete in 2021 as part of their celebration for Women’s History Month in March.

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