Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
555th Parachute Infantry Company
Triple Nickel Smoke Jumpers
The Original Seventeen*
1st Assigned and Selected
1ST SGT. Walter Morris
1st to Take Qualification Jump
SSGT Calvin R. Beal
SSGT. Hubert Bridges • SSGT. Lonnie M. Duke
SSGT. Robert F. Greene • SGT. Clarence H. Beavers
SGT. Ned D. Bess • SGT. James E. Kornegay
SGT. Leo D. Reed • SGT. Samuel W. Robinson
SGT. Jack D. Tillis • SGT. Roger S. Walden
SGT. Daniel C. Weil • SGT. Elijah Wesby
CPL. McKinley Godfrey, Jr. • CPL. Carstell O. Stewart**
TECH 4. Alvin L. Moon
*16 Qualified on 08 Feb 1944
**On Emergency Leave, Qualified One Week Later
Placed on Army rolls
25 Feb 1943
Authorized as 555th PI Company
19 Dec 1943 - Ft. Benning, Ga.
Activated as 555th PI Battaltion
25 Nov 1944 - Camp Mackall, NC.
Redesignated as 3rd Battalion
505th Abn Infantry Regiment
82nd Abn Division - 09 Dec 1947
Inactivated - 15 Dec 1947
Removed from Army rolls
22 Aug 1950
"These great paratroopers walked point for their race and for our country,
'Standing in the Door' as one and jumping into our nation's history."
LTG David H. Petraeus
07 Sep 2006
Significant Dates and Info
1st Trng Jump - 10 Sep 1944
1st to Die - PFC. Malvin L. Brown
1st Battalion Commander
CPT. James H. Porter
1st Black Officers Assigned and
1st Lt. Jasper E. Ross
2nd Lt. Clifford Allen
2nd Lt. Edward Baker
2nd Lt. Bradley Biggs
2nd Lt. Warren C. Cornelius
2nd Lt. Edwin H. Wills
"The Fire-Fly Project"
May - Oct 1945
1st Fire Jump - 14 Jul 1945
Last Fire Jump - 10 Oct 1945
Total Fires Fought - 36
Total Individual Jumps - 1200
No Combat Jumps
Erected 2006 by 555th Parachute Infantry Association and Fort Leavenworth.
Location. 39° 20.799′ N, 94° 55.148′ W. Marker is in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is on Grant Avenue near Smith Lake, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Monument is on the Circle of Firsts at the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Leavenworth KS 66027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers General Colin L. Powell (within shouting distance of this marker); General Roscoe Robinson Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper (within shouting distance of this marker); BG Benjamin H. Grierson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Buffalo Soldier Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 32nd and 44th U.S. Volunteer Infantries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain William Clark (approx. ¼ mile away); Captain Meriwether Lewis (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Leavenworth.
Also see . . .
1. 555th Parachute Infantry Association. (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. 555th Parachute Infantry Info Sheet. (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. History of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Circle of Firsts Honors Black Soldiers. (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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