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Document Details


Title: Walter Morris
Local code: AFC/2001/001/2946
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: Walter Morris played an important role in integrating American troops in World War II. Morris submitted ideas on how to run an all-black guard unit attached to the parachute school and soon he and his men were learning to make jumps. Dubbed the 555th Parachute Infantry Company - "The Triple Nickles" - Morris and his men were too late to make the war in Europe. They were assigned to smoke-jumping duty in the Pacific Northwest, where incendiary balloons launched from Japan were touching off forest fires.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Morris, Walter, 1921-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1921
Speaker place of birth: Waynesboro, GA; Georgia; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Kent, Judith
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: North America; United States; West North Central States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African American soldiers; Forest fires--United States; North America; Oral history; Smokejumpers; Smokejumping; U.S. Army; United States; United States--Armed Forces; West North Central States; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--War work
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025859-27788