"Post-War Nickles"

The following photos, donated to the author by 555 trooper
Ken Floyd, offer an amazing view of post-war service
in the Triple Nickles, America's first African-American
Paratrooper unit.  The elite 555 was the first African-American
unit to break the Army's color barrier.

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stunning shot of 555 troopers in a
practice jump at Fort Bragg.


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Pvt.  Ken Floyd recovering his chute during a
training  jump at  Fort Benning.

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Trooper James Williams makes a safe landing during jump school.

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It wasn't all work at Fort Bragg.  A 555 trooper presides
over a beauty contest held on the post.

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Company Clowns observed
by Sgt. Clyde Thomas (Rear) 1947.
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The 555 band, a hit both on and off post.
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Sgt. Thomas and his bride.
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The wedding of Sgt. Clyde Thomas to Vandallia Cogsdale.
Every Thanksgiving she would prepare a
holiday dinner for the NCOs of 555th.
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C Company boarding  a C82 for a training exercise that would prove to be deadly.  In the exercise, the Air Force was tasked with dropping naphthalene canisters on a mock enemy position. Yet the Airforce miscalculated and dropped their deadly load on the 555, resulting in two fatalities and several severe injuries.  The tragedy would be repeated in a similar 555 exercise at Eglin Field.

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            C-82 transport planes discharge 555 troopers in Operation
            Combine at Elgin Field, FL.