A Leap of Faith: The Forgotten Story of the Triple Nickles is a six part documentary series that follows the men of the 555th Parachute Infantry Regiment from conception through integration. The series begins with the events leading up to the formation of the unit. The cause and effect of change, practical solutions in handling diversity and the questions of relinquishing identity to become part of the whole are all topics addressed in the series. Click the link below to read more about the episodes.
SETTING THE STAGE
The decade that would eventually witness the United States becoming engaged in World War II. It would also see drastic changes in how the military treated it's negro troops. This episode sets the stage for those changes.
THE WAR AT HOME
The Triple Nickles have earned their jump wings and boots. Yet, on the homefront, they are still met with rampant racism including taking back seats to German and Italian POWs both on base and in town. Was this their country too?
Responding to the Japanese fire bomb threat, the men of the 555th are dispatched to Pendleton, Oregon to assist the forestry service in putting out fires caused by the thermite balloons. Here they become the first ever smokejumpers.
AGENTS OF CHANGE
The Men of the 555th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) are recruited from different units around the army. Together, they persevere through rigorous training that in the beginning was initiated by a small group of men on their own.
ATTACK ON US SOIL
After nearly two years of training and reluctantly sitting out the war, the men of the 555th are activated to engage the enemy on the homefront. Japanese forces sent balloons along bombing routes to strategically drop fire bombs on the US.
After nearly a decade of perseverance, the Triple Nickles become part of the esteemed, 82nd Airborne Division. Although a very positive change, it comes at the cost of losing their Triple Nickles colors. Change had finally begun.