World War Two: African American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion

Corporal Elijah H Wesby of Philadelphia and Sergeant Roger S Walden of Detroit during jump training with the United States Army All African American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (nicknamed the "Triple Nickles" because of its numerical designation) aim their M3 .45-caliber submachine guns, commonly referred to as the "Grease Gun" during a training exercise at Fort Benning on 24th February 1944 at Fort Benning, Georgia, United States. These two soldiers were part of the original 17 member selection that succeeded in becoming the first All African American parachute infantry battalion. In early 1945 the battalion were sent to Camp Pendleton in Oregon and assigned to the 9th Services Command, trained by the U.S. Forest Service, and became history's first military airborne firefighting smokejumpers.
Corporal Elijah H Wesby of Philadelphia and Sergeant Roger S Walden of Detroit during jump training with the United States Army All African American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (nicknamed the "Triple Nickles" because of its numerical designation) aim their M3 .45-caliber submachine guns, commonly referred to as the "Grease Gun" during a training exercise at Fort Benning on 24th February 1944 at Fort Benning, Georgia, United States. These two soldiers were part of the original 17 member selection that succeeded in becoming the first All African American parachute infantry battalion. In early 1945 the battalion were sent to Camp Pendleton in Oregon and assigned to the 9th Services Command, trained by the U.S. Forest Service, and became history's first military airborne firefighting smokejumpers.
World War Two: African American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion
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February 24, 1944
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