Triple Nickles Photographs from the National Archives
 

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

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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 photograph was scanned at the National Archives reading room at College Park, Maryland. The description at the National Archives reads: "Medical officers and attendants of the 555th Medical Battalion, attached to the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, stand by on every jump made by the paratroop fire-fighters. The 'smoke jumpers' have been assisting the U.S. Forest Service in combating the serious fire threat to timber land in the Pacific Northwest. Left to right: Capt. Charles T. Burks, Battalion Surgeon; Capt. A.R. Tweed, Medical Officer; Capt. Irvin McCaine, Dental Officer; 1st lt. Donald W. Tyler, Assistant Battalion Surgeon; T/5 Emanuel Harrel, T/5 Willie J. Lewis, T/4 Lorenzo Leathers."

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United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion 555th -- Photographs, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States, United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion 555th -- Medical personnel

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