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Honoring the Triple Nickles in Pendleton

Posted on: August 14th, 2019 by Jessica Carbone in News & Press |

You are invited to celebrate a new Oregon Historical Marker: the “Triple Nickles”

The Triple Nickles, also known as the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion—were a segregated all-Black elite division—who in 1945 jumped into Oregon history. They were deployed from Pendleton Field and Chico California. The battalion’s secret mission was to parachute near forest fires caused by Japanese Balloon bombs, and then disarm and destroy any remaining explosive devices.

The men of the 555th withstood many obstacles in their service to the US, including racism, lack of smoke-jumping equipment,and a fatality in their unit during an Oregon jump—Private First Class Malvin L. Brown.

We are honored to dedicate this marker to the Triple Nickles.

Please join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony and reception at
4:30 in the Duck Pin Bowling Alley
(Underground at the Corner of Main & Emigrant)
369 S. Main, Pendleton, Oregon
Followed by a no-host dinner down the street at
Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery
511 SE Court Ave.

This project was made possible by support from:
Umatilla County, Pendleton Underground, Travel Pendleton
and the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion Association.

Telephone 1-800-574-9397 or email anniev@oregontic.com