A special History Happy Hour will include a presentation about the Triple Nickles.

The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion — aka the Triple Nickles — an elite all-Black paratrooper unit was deployed to Oregon near the end of World War II. The Triple Nickles jumped their way into Oregon history in 1945 during a secret mission known as “Operation Firefly.”

Robert Bartlett, a professor from Eastern Washington University and a member of the Triple Nickles Association, will share about the group and how Pendleton played a role. In addition, he will share about a proposed historical marker located in Pendleton to commemorate the 555th. The free event is Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oregon Grain Growers brand Distillery, 511 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton.

The event is sponsored by the Travel Information Council’s Oregon Historical Marker Program, in partnership with Travel Pendleton and the Pendleton Air Museum. For more information, call 541-276-7411 or visit www.facebook.com/travelpendleton.

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