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Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the…

Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's…

by Tanya Lee Stone

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The Triple Nickles is the nickname of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an African American airborne infantry unit formed during World War II. By the time the unit was formed and completed its training, the war in Europe was winding down. The unit instead contributed to the war in the Pacific--without leaving the borders of the United States. The Japanese had used parachutes to send incendiaries into the West Coast of the United States. The 555th received additional training as smoke jumpers and they joined the Forest Service in fighting fires in the summer of 1945. Shortly after the war, the unit was absorbed into the 82nd Airborne Division.

This is as much a history of the integration of the U.S. army as it is a history of the 555th's World War II exploits. Since the Triple Nickles barely saw action in World War II, this book will be of more interest to readers with an interest in African American military history and the integration of the armed forces. ( )
  cbl_tn | May 21, 2018 |
Very informative and inspirational. I learned a lot about WWII that I did not know before, and thoroughly enjoyed it ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jan 24, 2018 |
I would use this text as an independent read for 4th graders. I would use this text in this grade to introduce students to the Triple Nickles and WWII, and students in younger grades would not be able to understand the events that took place. Students could use this text to learn many factual details from this event, and the feelings the black soldiers felt at the time. This would help students learn about civil rights, and it would allow students to be able explain events, procedures, etc., and understand what happened and why, based on specific information in the text because it describes the paratroopers and their lives, the training they had to undergo, the conditions they fought in, and the accomplishments they made. Students would be able to determine the main idea when they point out key details and the ways these men/ their actions were courageous. ( )
  kbellot | Feb 14, 2017 |
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  activelearning | Jun 1, 2016 |
This book was interesting and had a look at a portion of WWII that I had never heard about. The overall impact of the story was not nearly as great as Almost Astronauts by the same author. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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They became America’s first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Sibert Medalist Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II.

World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men are segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties. At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris’s men serve as guards at The Parachute School, while the white soldiers prepare to be paratroopers. Morris knows that for his men to be treated like soldiers, they have to train and act like them, but would the military elite and politicians recognize the potential of these men as well as their passion for serving their country? Tanya Lee Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought in a little-known attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of Morris, "proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability."

From Courage Has No Color
What did it take to be a paratrooper in World War II? Specialized training, extreme physical fitness, courage, and — until the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the Triple Nickles) was formed — white skin.
It is 1943. Americans are overseas fighting World War II to help keep the world safe from Adolf Hitler’s tyranny, safe from injustice, safe from discrimination. Yet right here at home, people with white skin have rights that people with black skin do not.
What is courage? What is strength? Perhaps it is being ready to fight for your nation even when your nation isn’t ready to fight for you.

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Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.

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