Black Smokejumpers Helped Save The American West

One group was charged with dismantling — and, if necessary, battling the forest fires caused by — the incendiary balloon bombs: the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the Triple Nickels or Triple Nickles. Like the Tuskegee Airmen and others, the Triple Nickles were pioneers in a severely segregated U.S. military.

“We were the first and only paratroopers of color in 1944,” says Triple Nickle Association President Joseph Murchison, 84, from his home in Tampa, Fla. “It was the proudest period of my life, being in the Triple Nickles and doing something that nobody else was doing.”

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