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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators David Perdue, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., introduced a bill to designate a United States Post Office in Columbus, Ga., as the “Richard W. Williams Chapter of the Triple Nickles (555th P.I.A.) Post Office,” in honor of Columbus-area veterans who served in military units that originated from the Army’s first all-black parachute unit, which was activated at Fort Benning in December 1943.

“The Triple Nickles went above and beyond the call of duty, serving in more airborne units than any other parachute group in history,” said Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “They are a key part of Georgia’s proud military tradition, and we are honored to recognize their service and the service of the veterans who followed them with this tribute. Thank you to Columbus and the Fort Benning community for your continued support of our women and men in uniform and their families.”

“I am delighted to help honor service members of the Richard W. Williams Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, better known as Triple Nickles, with the renaming of this post office,” said Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “As the nation’s first all-black parachute unit, these members courageously fought for and defended our country throughout the 20th century. I am proud to live in the same state as these heroes and am glad to have the opportunity to thank them for their selfless actions and distinguished service.”

The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, commonly known as the Triple Nickles, was deactivated in December 1947, and its members went on to serve in other military units during the Korean War. Notably, many members of the Triple Nickles also went on to form the Army’s first and only all-black Ranger unit, the 2nd Ranger Company Airborne, which trained at Fort Benning and saw action in the Korean War. Ultimately, members of the Triple Nickles served in more airborne units, in peace and war, than any other parachute group in history.

The Richard W. Williams Chapter of the Triple Nickles currently has a membership of approximately 61 veterans in Columbus, Ga., and the surrounding area who served in various military units that were fathered by the Triple Nickles, including the 173rd Airborne, 2nd Ranger Company Airborne, 1st Cavalry Division, and the 24th Infantry Division.

The Post Office to be renamed is located at 120 12th Street Lobby, Columbus, Ga.

View the bill here.

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