Triple Nickle Photographs from the National Archives


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National Archives and Records Administration (RG 342-C, Records of U.S. Army Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations)

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circa 1945

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Imaged by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA reading room. Image provided by the NARA reading room at College Park, Maryland.


Photograph from a series held by the National Archives on the first African American Airborne unit, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, also known as the Triple Nickle. This image was scanned by the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Their description reads "'Operation Fire Fly'. Capt. Charles James Burks of Pittsburgh, PA, is battalion surgeon of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion and jumps with the boys when the occasion demands. His medical unit is one of the busiest in our peacetime army as the unit sustains a 10% casualty in each jump. Capt. Burks wears the jump suit of a paratrooper." This photograph was taken in Pendleton, Oregon.


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United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion 555th -- Photographs, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States, Burks (Charles James)