Local historical marker will honor all-black paratrooper unit

Cave Junction, Ore. – A new historical marker is being installed in Cave Junction.

It will honor the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an elite all-black paratrooper unit deployed to Oregon near the end of World War II.

The marker will be unveiled June 3 at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum.

Members of the unit jumped into fires caused by Japanese balloon bombs and destroyed any remaining explosives.

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