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Re: Was it the Triple Nickel?

It is indeed sad to read about the circumstances surrounding the treatment of black troops at the hands of paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Leicester, England in 1944. There is though an irony to this chapter of the history of the 82nd and that is that the unit itself would soon be intergrated. There would be former members of the 555th who would be assigned to the Division. And private first class Murry (Tony) Dorty would report to Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Abn Div. in the winter of '77. Though they would not see combat in WW2, the members of the 555 would serve during 3 wars. During the Korean war members of this unit would volunteer for sevice with the first all black Ranger Company, (2 Ranger Company). A section of the wall in the conference room located at the headquarters of the 75th Ranger Regiment is decorated with B/W photographs of these men. Troopers who had served with the 555 would also serve in Ranger and Long Range Reconnaissance units and companies during the Vietnam conflict.

Again there is a possibilty your friend and her parents may have come into contact with Black maintenance or support troops. It was not uncommon to find that these types of units had raced far ahead of the combat units they supported. When your friend speaks of the Liberation, I take it to mean she is speaking of the invasion of Nomandy, France, D-Day June 6th 1944. Black troops did see service during this time period. There aren't any documents that have been released or that we have access to now, that reveal the presence of Black Airborne Troops, US or Allied involved in the Airborne component of the D-Day operations.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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