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Friday, October 17 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Blacks in the Military Documentary Series: Red Ball Express, Triple Nickle and Alcan Highway

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RED BALL EXPRESS
TRT: 22 min (USA)

During World War II in Nazi occupied France, a unique transportation unit was formed to keep General Patton's lightening fast troops supplied. The Red Ball Express was made up of over 8,000 Black troops. Back home their loyalties and intelligence were questioned, but on the shores of France, in a war that had to be won, these courageous black men were willing to fight and die for their country.

TRIPLE NICKLE
TRT: 22 min (USA)

The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, called the Triple Nickles, was WWII America's “first all-black parachute infantry test platoon, company, and battalion." Their pride in being American and a highly skilled combat company, helped them endure the struggle they were up against at home and abroad in the 1940’s and 50’s, when the Triple Nickle shined like the bright stars they are.

BUILDERS OF THE ALCAN HIGHWAY
TRT: 22 min (USA)

In an amazingly short eight months span, under the harshest weather conditions, 3,600 Black army troops persevered to accomplish an incredible feat of engineering and building the WWII critical defense route known as “The Alcan Highway”. These unheralded men cleared 1,621 miles of rugged, unmapped wilderness stretching from British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska.

(Repeat Screening at 3 p.m.)

FREE with military ID.


Friday October 17, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fort Lee-Quartermaster Museum 1201 22nd Street, Bldg. 5218 | Fort Lee, VA | 23801 | 804-734-4203