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99-year-old war veteran from Tempe to be in Library of Congress

Posted: 6:27 PM, Nov 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-12 11:27:26-05
Major Fannie Griffin McClendon

TEMPE, AZ — At 99 years old, Major Fannie Griffin McClendon looks through old photos, sharing stories about time spent with her husband.

"He proposed in that last letter," she said, looking at letters the couple shared during the war.

They met in the military, where McClendon served as one of nearly 800 women in the Army's first and only all-African American, all female battalion. They were deployed to Europe to process mail sent to the troops.

"They expected us to take about two months to do it, and we did in in six weeks," she said.

Their experience was shown in the documentary "The Six Triple Eight." While the women were met with sexism and racism, they still served with honor.

McClendon now lives in Tempe. She was interviewed by Representative Greg Stanton on Saturday, and her point of view will soon be in the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project .

"It's nice to know that people recognize that we had a group of women who felt that this is what they should do for the war effort," she said.