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The All-Black 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was Fighting Balloons before the Air Force.

#ArmyHistory #USArmy #TRADOC #AATW #82ndairbornedivision #Armymuseums #BlackHistoryMonth #OperationFirefly @USArmy @TRADOC Image
The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion company headquarters infantry guidon is currently on exhibit at the 82d Museum. The 555th was an African American parachute unit during World War II and was based primarily at Pendleton, Oregon and Chico, California.

@TradocCG @82ndABNDiv
In April 1945, the 555th was sent to US West Coast as smoke jumpers to combat forest fires that Japanese balloons ignited. During “Operation Firefly” from April to October 1945, the 555th made 1,200 jumps and helped suppress thirty-six forest fires. One paratrooper was killed. Image
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Here is the full & incredible story of legacy & service as Capt. Bill Malcolm comes to Normandy to pay homage to his late Grandfather.

@USArmy Capt. Malcolm is w/ “Able” Company, 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, @82ndABNDiv
His grandfather Cpl. Bob Malcolm jumped into Normandy as a member of “Able” Company during #DDay 78 years ago on June 6, 1944.

Not only did Bill follow his grandfather’s footsteps, he actually commands the very unit his grandfather served in during #WWII (2/3)
Listen as Bill Malcolm talks about his family’s legacy of service (3/3)
#service #dday78 #dday #AATW
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