Digital flipbook version of our 2017 Heritage Programs’ newsletter
This year’s cover story dives deep into the significance behind a new historical marker slated for dedication (June 3, 2017) in Cave Junction at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum. The focus is on the “Triple Nickles,” also known as the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion—a segregated all-Black elite division—who in 1945 jumped into Oregon history. The battalion’s secret mission was to parachute near forest fires caused by Japanese Balloon bombs, and then disarm and destroy any remaining explosive devices.
Besides the Triple Nickles feature, profiles about the Class of 2017 Oregon Heritage Trees, and the 2017 Maynard C. Drawson Award winner, Paul Ries, illustrate some of Oregon’s more interesting botanical wonders and people.