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Ferndale Library

address  2125 Main St.
 Ferndale, WA  98248
phone (360) 305-3600

Whatcom READS: Triple Nickel

Whatcom READS: Triple Nickel

An event in conjunction with Whatcom READS: "The Big Burn" by Timothy Egan. This first all-black paratrooper unit’s mission and service involving Washington state made quiet history and is all but forgotten. In a surprising and insightful presentation, Robert L. “Bob” Bartlett tells the tale of the “555,” paratroopers who, despite being prevented from realizing some of the same privileges and rights granted white soldiers at home, served with distinction when cross-trained to become “smokejumpers.” Members of the 555 jumped on some 36 forest fires as first responders, including the 1945 Mt. Baker fire. In the process of helping to save our forest, they gained military fame as the first all-black “Airborne Infantry Firefighters.”
Whatcom READS;Triple Nickel;The Big Burn
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 • Sat 3/2/19 at 2pm-3:30pm