The history of the Triple Nickles and a Quilts of Valor program will be featured on Wednesday at a Veterans Day Community Celebration at Philomath Scout Lodge. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The history of the Triple Nickles, an all-Black parachute infantry battalion activated during World War II, will be featured at a Veterans Day Community Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The celebration will run from 6-8 p.m. at Philomath Scout Lodge. Admission is free, however, organizers are encouraging those who attend to bring a canned food item that can be donated to the Philomath Food Bank.

The evening begins with a Veterans Memorial Induction program and will be followed by a Quilts of Valor presentation to local veterans.

Robert Bartlett’s “Jumping Into Fire” presentation on the Triple Nickles will begin at 7 p.m. Bartlett’s talk will include the history of enemy balloon bombs exploding in the Pacific Northwest during the war and the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion’s top-secret mission to Pendleton to destroy the bombs and suppress the wildfires they ignited.

Bartlett is a Vietnam veteran whose father served with the Triple Nickles. 

The program will end with recognition of JJ Corbett, the last living member of the Triple Nickles.

The Philomath Scout Lodge is located at 660 Clemens Mill Road.

The Triple Nickles presentation will be available to watch via live-stream.