Saturday, September 14, 2013

Courage Has no Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickels by Tanya Lee Stone


This book was a fascinating account of the first black paratroopers.  I learned a lot from this book.  I did not realize how much prejudice was still in the armed forces during WWII.  This book exposed a lot of what was going on, the efforts made to remedy the situation, and how the Triple Nickles came into existence.  What was sad was that after all their training they never actually went into combat.  What they did do was work as smoke jumpers in the west.  This is where I truly learned something new.  I did not know that the Japanese sent over balloons with bombs in them and that they were actually causalities as a result.  In theory the Triple Nickels were sent to fight fires caused by the balloon bombs.  In actuality there were not many fires started by the balloons but the paratroopers were valuable in pioneering smoke jumping.  

This was very informative.  My one concern would be finding the audience for the book...


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