World War Two African American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion

First Sergeant Walter Morris of the United States Army 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (nicknamed the "Triple Nickles" because of its numerical designation) is presented with his paratrooper graduation certificate by Captain William Johnson on 18th February 1944 at Fort Benning, Georgia, United States. Sergeant Walter Morris was the first enlisted African American accepted for airborne paratrooper duty and 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. (Photo by US Army Signal Corps/INP/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
First Sergeant Walter Morris of the United States Army 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (nicknamed the "Triple Nickles" because of its numerical designation) is presented with his paratrooper graduation certificate by Captain William Johnson on 18th February 1944 at Fort Benning, Georgia, United States. Sergeant Walter Morris was the first enlisted African American accepted for airborne paratrooper duty and 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. (Photo by US Army Signal Corps/INP/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
World War Two African American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion
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February 18, 1944
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