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series: Nickles From Heaven
air date: 2/17/13 5:00 PM
The 17 members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the "Triple Nickles," were among America's least recognized military pioneers during World War II. NICKLES FROM HEAVEN recounts the experiences of the first African- American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers and celebrates their long- overlooked contributions to the war effort. The surviving six members of the troop provide first-hand accounts of their service and reflect on their impact on American history. The Emmy award-winning documentary features an introduction by Secretary of State Colin Powell who praises the sacrifices and the headway the "555" made for all African- Americans in the U.S. military.
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