Clarence Beavers, last of the original Triple Nickles, dies

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Clarence Beavers, last of the original Triple Nickles, dies

Postby koimaster » December 31st 2017, 12:46am

When Clarence Beavers died earlier this month in Huntington, New York, his passing obviously held significance for his family and friends. Beavers, a World War II veteran, had been a husband, father, computer programmer and volunteer firefighter.

But Beavers' passing also had special meaning 3,000 miles away in Oregon, where some historians and those who follow the struggles of African-Americans knew about the key role he played here.

Beavers, 96, was the last surviving member of the original Triple Nickles, more properly known as the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. The unit, based in Pendleton during the final months of World War II, was the first group of African- American paratroopers to serve in the U.S. military. ... the_o.html


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Re: Clarence Beavers, last of the original Triple Nickles, d

Postby codguy » December 31st 2017, 6:47am

Mr Beavers is a American Hero regardless of ethnicity.

Unfortunately time is running out for members of the Greatest Generation, and the world is lesser place because of it.

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