Welcome to the CURRAHEE website – dedicated to the Veterans and Active Duty Members of the 506th Infantry and attached units from all the eras from the World War II “Band of Brothers” to the Present. The website is here to provide current and historical information about the unit and those who served as well as to provide a central point of contact to connect all past and present Currahees.
The Mission of the Association is to “Preserve, Honor and Convey” the Currahee legacy on behalf of all who have and continue to serve. The website together with the newsletters and the Association Facebook page - serve as the communication media to connect all Currahees as well as families, friends, and supporters.
The Association strives to support those who served and are serving and their families in many ways including its Charitable Programs as outlined under Programs and Giving. The Association is recognized as a Tax Exempt War Veterans Organization under IRS Code Section 501(c) (19). We invite you to participate in promoting the important Association programs.
Thank you for your interest and please enjoy using this site.
The Association Board of Directors
Folsom, CA– November 10, 2014
The 506th Association announced today that Robin Sink McClelland, HMoR, will represent the 506th Association in Belgium for events commemorating the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. A group of residents of the towns of Foy, Noville, and Recogne, Belgium, mobilized their neighbors to raise funds to bring a WWII Currahee or relative for the celebration. The four leaders of the effort are Joel Robert, Louis Galderoux, Stany Crespinet and Guy Devresse
While there, McClelland will participate in the commemorative events on December 13th in and around Bastogne. McClelland will visit battle sites including the Command Posts her father established during the Battle of the Bulge and will attend the signing of Ian Gardner’s book, No Victory in Valhalla, the third in his three-part series on the 506th PIR, 3rd Battalion. WWII veterans Bob Izumi and Bill Galbraith, both WWII G Company men, also will be present for the events. Izumi and Galbraith will join Helen Patton, granddaughter of General George Patton, and Kenny McAuliffe, great-nephew of General Anthony McAuliffe at official events during the commemoration.
When the opportunity to attend the events arose, McClelland consulted with Chairman John Lally, whose reaction was immediate, “I urged Robin to accept the invitation on behalf of the entire 506th from WWII until the present. She has an extraordinary perspective on the regiment’s history, and will do a terrific job.”
Robin McClelland is the daughter of COL (later LTG) Robert F. Sink, commander of the WWII 506th PIR. She is an Honorary Member of the Regiment (HMoR) for her efforts in support of veterans. In 1999 she resumed publication of the dormant FIVE-O-SINK Newsletter, a publication written by and for the “Sinkmen” almost continuously since 1977. The final edition was published in 2013. Since that time, as a special correspondent to the Currahee Newsletter McClelland contributes news about the WWII veterans.
According to the plans underway, McClelland will stay in the home of a local family. She says, “It will be an honor to participate in the 70th Anniversary events with people whose families lived through the battles during the winter of 1944-45. We will visit command posts, battle sites, foxholes and farms where the men of the 506th fought, and where so many gave their lives”.
The Association will accept tax-deductible contributions by mail, or electronically through their website. The Association is a charitable War Veterans Organization under IRS section 501(c) (19), and as such, contributions are tax deductible.
For further information, contact:
506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association
John Lally, Chairman of the Board of Directors/Newsletter Editor
506th Airborne Infantry Association
(c) 651.788.3678 (h) 651.451.0652
September 10-13, 2014 Radisson Hotel Branson, Mo.
New -- Updated: 08/25/2014
Branson, Missouri on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 to Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel. You may now submit your Reunion Registration Form and Fee online or simply print out the registration form and mail it in along with your payment to the Association's Office listed on the registration form.
Full event details are included in the Reunion Brochure.
See list below of those Currahees who have either registered for the Reunion or have already booked their hotel rooms. Come and join in on the fun as well as re-connect with those you served with. View the schedule of events.
Captain Dale Dye, USMC, Retired who portrayed Colonel Robert Sink in the HBO series Band of Brothers will be the guest speaker at the Currahee Memorial Dinner on Saturday, September 13th.
November 21, 2014
October 31, 2014
September 25, 2014
August 11, 2014
May 21, 2014
With the inactivation of the 4th Brigade Combat Team the Currahee Memorial (also known as the Currahee KIA Memorial) is being moved from the former Brigade area to a 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 at 1600 (4:00PM CDT) there will be a rededication ceremony for the Memorial. Present will be 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 are invited to attend.
Download Poster [18x24 pdf]
This poster is generating interest in communities in the upper Midwest. It originated at the battalion dinners at Fort Campbell during the Rendezvous this spring. The association presented the original banners to each battalion and to the brigade HQ. The banners simply voiced three phrases rarely heard by Vietnam vets until recently —Welcome Home, Well Done and Thanks for your service.
The response has been and is gratifying.
Our hope is that no veteran—ever— will return from overseas to the reception the warrior of Korea and Vietnam faced. After the Rendezvous I returned to Minnesota and printed copies for our local 101st, VFW and VVA chapters. Since that time I’ve had many requests for copies and have been printing them on request and watched them as the show up in bars, gas stations, city halls, schools, stores and offices.
Currently files are being transferred to the new website.
You can look for information on the old 506infantry website. Click here