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.
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
LTC Kurt J. Smith, Commander - 2nd BN 506th is extending an invitation to ALL 2-506th Infantry Veterans and spouses to the battalion's September 11th Ball. The ticket price is $25.00; please RSVP no later than September 1st. All RSVP's should be directed to 1LT Tyler Oliphant at 270 412-6792 or 918 760-7321 or Tyler.W.Olipant.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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://www.506infantry.org/ or contact Reunion Committee Chairman - Gene Overton at Charly35@aol.com / 646 232-6265
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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