Pre-jump Inspection

Paratroopers of the U.S. Army’s 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion stand at ease during inspection. The men were issued “let-down” ropes and football helmets with face masks to assist during forest landings while detailed to the U.S. Forest Service, where they served as “smokejumpers” at the end of World War II. (Photo: U.S. Army)

Paratroopers of the U.S. Army’s 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion stand at ease during inspection. The men were issued “let-down” ropes and football helmets with face masks to assist during forest landings while detailed to the U.S. Forest Service, where they served as “smokejumpers” at the end of World War II. (Photo: U.S. Army)

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Pre-jump Inspection

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