Welcome to the CURRAHEE website – dedicated to the Veterans and Active Duty members of the famous 506th Infantry Regiment and attached units from its creation during World War II to the present. The website is here to provide current and historical information about the regiment and those who served as well as to provide a central point of contact to connect all past and present Currahees.
On Wednesday, November 25th the Association's Board of Directors unanimously approved a $5.00 increase for Annual and Five Year Membership Dues in 2016. It should be noted that the last membership dues increase occurred back in 2009; however since that time the Association's expenses have steadily increased.
In addition, the Board unanimously approved a new Life Membership option for 2016, which has been requested over the years. Life membership will simplify the membership process while reducing the long-term cost to members.
It's the Board's hope that the Currahee Nation embraces these changes by continuing to support the Association thus enabling it to grow as well as support our Currahee Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers well into the future.
Below are links for Reunion Registration and the Tentative Schedule of Events (as of 20 NOV 2015) for the 2016 Currahee Reunion being held in Clarksville, Tennessee. You can also find dinner menus for the event. IMPORTANT - Dining Hall holds a maximum of 300; register early to guarantee your seats at the dinners. We look forward to seeing you there!
All Currahees traveling to Fort Campbell - Please Note!
Fort Campbell is no longer accepting state issued identification from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and the state of Washington. If you, or your guests have a state issued ID from these states you will need additional identification to enter the gates at Fort Campbell. A federal ID, such as a passport, Native American tribal documents, and any Defense Department card will be accepted. Please make arrangements to carry these documents during your travel, as they may also be required for air travel.
For more information about the documents please see the information posted in The Leaf-Chronicle or call the Public Affairs Office at 270-798-3025.
May 11th - 14th, 2016 The 506th Association will hold its 2016 Currahee Reunion at the Riverview Inn - 50 College Street, Clarksville, TN 931 552-3331. This event marks our 20th Anniversary. In 1996 a small group of Currahees held a reunion at the Riverview Inn and decided to form the 506th Association. Twenty years later we will return to the birthplace of the 506th Association.
ALL 506th Currahee veterans, active duty soldiers of the Regiment as well as their families and friends are invited to attend.
Plans have been made for a buffet dinner on Thursday May 12th and The Currahee Memorial Dinner on Saturday May 14th. In addition, with the reunion being held just out-side of Fort Campbell we're coordinating with the active duty Currahees [1st and 2nd Battalion] for events on Post. In addition, to the two dinners mentioned above there will be a General Membership Meeting held Saturday morning. Throughout the reunion there will be a Hospitality / Display / Quartermaster Sales Room for Currahees to meet and renew friendships or make new ones. There will be plenty of time available for getting together with friends or for holding small group events. There will also be ample time to re-explore Fort Campbell, where many of us called home so many years ago.
A discounted hotel room rate of $89.00 per night per room plus tax or $101.91 has been arranged for our group, so make sure to mention that you are reserving your room under the block setup for the 506th Association. This room rate includes a daily free deluxe continental breakfast. Call NOW and make your room reservations
Past reunions have been a rousing success, so we expect an even better turnout with a number of active duty Currahees attending due to our close proximity to Fort Campbell, the current home of 1st and 2nd Battalions who continue the legacy of the 506th Infantry Regiment.
So mark your calendar, start setting funds aside and make your room reservations now for the 2016 Currahee Reunion. For more information visit our website at http://506infantry.org/ or contact Reunion Committee Chairman - Gene Overton at GeneOverton@506infantry.org / 646 232-6265
Call for Currahee DMOR / HMOR Nominations
Currahee Nation! Lieutenant Colonel David R. Waters, Commander, 1st Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment and Lieutenant Colonel Kurt J. Smith, Commander 2nd Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment announce the call for nominations for consideration of selection to be Distinguished and Honorary Members of the 506th Infantry Regiment (DMOR/HMOR). These honors recognize exceptional service to the Regiment, the Nation and to veterans and\or active duty Currahees.
Nomination packets must be received by the point of contact on or before 01 January 2016. The Induction Ceremony will be conducted at Fort Campbell on 13 May 2016 in conjunction with the 506th Association Reunion which will be held in Clarksville, TN from 11-14 May 2016. Current and former members of all three battalions of the Regiment may be nominated to receive DMOR honors. Honorary Members of the Regiment (HMOR) nominees include Soldiers, their spouses, and individuals who have not served with the Regiment but have made significant contributions or provided a service to the 506th. Please contact any Currahees past or present that you know may be interested in nominating someone for this high honor.
Please use the attached documents when developing nomination packets.
Selection to the Board of Directors:
We are very pleased to announce that CSM Kerry N. Bassett has been selected by the 506th Board of Directors to fill the open seat on the Board. He is currently with the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He is due to retire from active service on 30 April 2016 after 25 years of service.
CSM Bassett was an initial member of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th upon reorganization at Fort Campbell in 2004. He served as a Platoon Sergeant in C Co for the train up and deployment to Iraq. He was selected above his peers upon return from Iraq to fill in as the C/2-506th First Sergeant and continued to fill that role until selected to the MSG list in 2008. He stayed with the company through the train up and deployment to Afghanistan in 2008. He reluctantly relinquished his duties as 1SG upon return in 2009.
CSM Bassett is a member of the 506th Association, National Infantry Association, National Armor Association, Lifetime Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Lifetime Member of the Association of the United States Army, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and is an alumnus of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Kerry is married to the former Michele Gillespie of Colorado Springs. They have two children Connor, 19 and Rielly, 17.
We are delighted to have Kerry on the Board, His special focus will be on recruitment and services for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans.
Board of Directors Announcement:
The 506th Association Board of Directors, on October 23, 2015 accepted “with deep regret” the resignation of CSM(Ret) Timothy D. Coop from his seat on the Board of Directors. Tim said he took the action “with a heavy heart”, but cited urgent personal issues that needed his full attention and time. He retired as Command Sergeant Major of the 4th Brigade Combat Team in 2013 and was elected to the Board of Directors at the Branson Reunion the following year.
When a vacancy occurs on the Board, under the Association Bylaws the board will appoint a replacement. The new member will serve until the May 2016 reunion at which time the entire board will be up for election.
For the last several years we have utilized the services of Association Resource Center [ARC] for support functions like bookkeeping, member management, web development and communications. This spring, as we were preparing for contract renewal negotiations, ARC management informed us they were not going to renew our contract.
For the last few months the Board has been searching for another solution. We looked at other firms, tried to recruit volunteers and interviewed individuals with the skills we needed to be replacements for ARC.
After all this searching, we were very pleased to find a talented person close to home. We have just hired Kelli Loar as our Administrative Assistant, responsible for keeping our membership and accounting records current, updating our website and keeping our lines of communications open with members and the public. Kelli brings to the post considerable background in working with soldiers and their families. She is married to a career soldier recently assigned to the Currahees, and is the mother of two school-age children.
Over the next few weeks Kelli and the board will be working to transfer our operation in Folsom, California to Clarksville, Tennessee. We hope to complete the bulk of this transition by the end of August. In the meantime, there may be some delays in processing messages and transactions; please bear with us. We will notify you of changes to the Association address, phone and other contact information shortly.
A small group of Currahee Vietnam veterans accepted the invitation from and were the guests of the 506th Infantry Regiment, and attended the Hamburger Hill reunion activities that took place 12-14 May at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This event commemorates the Battle of Hamburger Hill (Dong Ap Bia, Republic of Vietnam) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hamburger_Hill where elements of the 101st Airborne Division defeated the 29th North Vietnamese Army Regiment in a pitched battle that lasted almost a week.
The 1st Battalion Commander - LTC David R. Waters and the 2nd Battalion Commander - LTC Kurt J. Smith included many events for Vietnam veterans and active duty soldiers. There was, a memorial tribute with wreathe laying ceremony, a screening of the movie "Hamburger Hill" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8efX8MDAnI a dining out with Vietnam veterans and active duty soldiers of the 506th Infantry Regiment, and a day at the firing ranges for veterans. Veterans were able to fire the weapons used by today's soldiers to include the M9 - 9mm Pistol; M4 – 5.56mm Carbine; M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) – 5.56mm Light Machine Gun; and M240B Medium Machine Gun – 7.62 mm.
In addition to the current weapons a few veterans were able too fire a WWII M1 Garand rifle. Below is a picture of Fred May firing the M1 at Range 16, Fort Campbell, KY. (picture credit COL (R) Joe Johnson)
November 21, 2014
November 10, 2014
With the inactivation of the 4th Brigade Combat Team the Currahee Memorial (also known as the Currahee KIA Memorial) has been moved from the former Brigade area to a permanent location across from the Pratt Museum on Fort Campbell. The new Memorial location is Tennessee Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets. On Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 at 1600 (4:00PM CDT) there was a rededication ceremony for the Memorial. Present were former 4th Brigade Commander COL Valery Keaveny, current Chief of Staff 101st Airborne Division, along with the colors and elements of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 506th Infantry Regiment. All veteran Currahees and friends of the Regiment were invited to attend.
Currently files are being transferred to the new website.
You can look for information on the old 506infantry website. Click here
The Association is recognized as a Tax Exempt War Veterans Organization under IRS Code Section 501(c) (19). The Association offers a variety of services and programs in support of its members, including its Charitable Programs as outlined under Programs and Giving. For giving purposes, our FEIN is 91-2088108. We invite you to participate in supporting Association programs through your tax deductible contributions.
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