The Triple Nickle: Black Paratroopers in WA State during WWII

  • 03 Mar 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Walla Walla University Admin Building Room 116

Dr. Robert L. Bartlett will speak on black paratroopers in Washington State during World War II. He will tell the tale of the “555.” Trained by U.S. Forest Service Rangers, members of the 555 jumped on some 36 forest fires as first responders, including the 1945 Mt. Baker fire. In the process of helping to save our forests, they gained military fame as the first all-black “Airborne Infantry Firefighters.”

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