Smoke Jumpers: The 555th Parachute Battalion

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The men of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the "Triple Nickels," were trained for a secret mission code named Operation Firefly. Their highly classified job was to protect America's west coast from Japanese balloon bombs, which had been designed to ignite firestorms in coastal forests and cities. Unit members courageously participated in dangerous fire-fighting missions throughout the Pacific Northwest during the summer and fall of 1945, earning the nickname "Smoke Jumpers" in addition to "Triple Nickles." (U.S. Army)

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  1. gseaglin
    gseaglin Feb 20, 2018

    Wow! I didn't know this unit existed. Pretty cool given that I am retired from the U.S. Forest Service and have fought a few wildfires during my career.

  2. robnicepa
    robnicepa Feb 21, 2018

    very nice. well done. Respect. HOOAH

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