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Triple Nickle — 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion

555th Parachute Infantry Battalion logo--depicts panther atop a T10 parachute

555th Parachute Infantry Battalion unit patch

In honor of Veterans Day, I thought I would post some info, or really a list of links about the Triple Nickle Airborne Battalion, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an all-black airborne infantry (paratrooper) unit from the World War II era.  They were later integrated into the 82d Airborne Division.

I posted an image of the 24th Infantry Regiment (one of the original four Buffalo Soldier units) earlier, a photo I took during a visit to the Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Regardless of your feelings about war and militarism, many groups have paid high prices in service of the United States, yet have had they’re memory relegated and marginalized.  It is a terrible insult added to injury.  I will try to post information on these groups periodically, as it relates to my personal interests.

Whereas I’m not personally aware of any family members who served in the Triple Nickle, my ancestors have fought and bled for this country since 1745.  In that vein, Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, for that matter, hold a special significance in my heart, even if it’s not your run-of-the-mill style patriotism.

E. Mann: Joining the Triple Nickels – Part 1

555th Paratrooper / Atlanta Chapter #4 Rudy Cohen — gives a more detailed history of what happened to the Triple Nickle soliders after the unit was disbanded in 1950.


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2 responses

  1. i am so glad you said it as it needed to be said.

    Wed, 7 Dec 2011 at 2223

  2. Bill

    Hello, Thank you for inviting me on your site. I have learned quite a bit about the Triple Nickel paratroopers. I have some photos of a smoker jumper in his 101st Airborne uniform.

    Mon, 3 Sep 2012 at 1721

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