"Nearly 350 Triple Nickles marched right alongside the 82nd airborne division."
Sam Day said, "Anybody can join the Triple Nickles now as long as they are airborne," he said. "`White, Black, Green --- Anybody."
Biggs said this to describe the feeling of being treated equally as the other soldiers in the parade.
Word Gap Smokejumper
The author cited these numbers and stats to show how the Triple Nickles were treated as equals to the 82nd airborne division in the parade.
The Important Thing
Sam Day said this to show how the mindsets of the military and the world have changed to not only let Black people into something but to let everyone in. If the army didn't push through all of the discrimination, then the army couldn't do all the great things they have done today.
Book Club Questions
Smokejumper means a firefighter that jumps out of an airplane to fight fires before the foot fire department can arrive. Technical Term: YES
"The Triple Nickles were now thrown for a loop they were going to become smokejumpers."
The most important thing was when the Triple Nickles helped end WW2 they received their wings of honor and helped overcome racial discrimination in the U.S. 1. The Triple Nickles were treated equally as the other soldiers by letting them march with the other soldiers in the parade. 2. All black service members were honored by building a statue to honor their service. 3. Most black soldiers went on to serve in the Korean war and receive promotions and medals for their service.
What would the U.S.A look today if there was still discrimination in the military?
How many black paratroopers have been honored for there service?