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The first all-black paratroop unit in the U.S. Military, the 555th parachute battalion stood poised to serve in World War II - even though the army wasn't ready to use it.

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How Black Smokejumpers Helped Save The American West:

  1. Smokejumper Jesse Mayes preparing to jump from a C-47 (U.S. Army Air Force)
  2. First Sgt. Walter Morris, 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, Fort Benning, Ga., prepares for his first jump. Morris is considered the U.S. Army
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