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.
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.
- Wikipedia article– 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion
- Triple Nickle Vets Chapter — Ft Bragg First part in a series of an interview with LTC Mann regarding his experiences in enlisting and serving in the 555th.
- Remembering the Triple Nickle — A blog post in honor of one gentleman’s grandfather, who served in the 555th.
- John E Mann–the video series on National Visionary Leadership Project
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This photo hangs in the Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Georgia.
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