Celebrate Veteran’s Day with the moving story of the true story of Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers. As WWII began, the U.S. military mirrored our country—it was highly segregated and black soldiers were limited in the roles they could fill. One soldier, Sergeant Walter Morris, decided to help his troops be more than simple supporters of the war effort. Guarding the paratrooper training facility at Fort Benning Georgia, Morris began taking his troops through the same rigorous training as white paratroopers. He instilled pride in his men and soon caught the eye of those in power. The 555th Parachute Infantry Company was commissioned, with Morris as first sergeant.
Join A Walk in Their Shoes as we honor our American Veterans. Triple Nickles member Joe Murchison, president of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, shares the story of the Triple Nickels, their fight to support our country, and their fight for equality. Mr. Murchison will speak about his and his fellow soldiers’ stories at the following times:
Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM Edgar High School—community presentation with book signing to follow
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, daytime Edgar High School—student presentation
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM UWMC’s Obey Center for Civic Engagement
Auditorium—community presentation with book signing to followWednesday, November 12, 2014, afternoon Wausau East High School—student presentation
Thursday, November 13, 2014, morning UWMC student presentation