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.
Biennual Reunion CANCELED
It is with deep regret that I advise you that the 2020 Currahee Reunion scheduled for May 20 – 23 at the Riverview Inn in Clarksville, TN has been canceled. The 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association Board of Directors is extremely concerned about the welfare of every veteran and active duty Currahee, their loved ones and communities. They voted unanimously to take this action in light of the uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus and the declared national emergency we face. The board will work closely with the two Active Duty battalions to coordinate a reunion or rendezvous in 2021 and will post information as it becomes available. Please contact the hotel directly to cancel room reservations. Kelli Loar, our Administrator, will be refunding registration and meal monies to those who have already made payment. Should you have questions regarding the board’s decision or concerns regarding a refund, please email Joe Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Week of the Eagles along with the
DMOR/HMOR Ceremony has been
The 2020 DMOR/HMOR Ceremony has been postposed. A revised date will be provided by 1/506 Infantry Battalion as soon as possible.
The Vote Has Been Finalized
The Officers and Directors of the Association
for the period of May, 2020 to May 2022 are:
Chairman Craig Oglesby (GWOT)
This represent a changing of the guard. This is the first time that the predominance
of the board is comprised of members from the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
The Association is now accepting applications for our 2020 College Scholarships. The deadline for mailing of applications is 30 April 2020. Applicants are reminded to inlude their name, mailing address, email address and phone number with their applicaion. Items sent with applications cannot be returned. Do not send original documents or important papers as photocoplies will be accepted. Questions may be directed to the Scholarship Committee Chairman.
Welcome Home, CURRAHEES!
Red Currahees with 1st Brigade Batstone are redeploying from their 9 month deployment to Iraq. Welcome Home ceremonies began 22 September 2019 at Fort Campbell, KY. The follow-on group will conduct the color uncasing. Follow the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee" Facebook page for ceremony updates. Also check in with the 1st Brigade Combat Team "Bastogne" and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) page for up-to-date information.
September 2018: At Fort Campbell, KY a group of Currahee volunteers and Tom Gamble Trucking placed the first set of memorial brick pavers into the ground at the Currahee Memorial. The Currahee Memorial stands as the only memorial to all the soldiers of the 506th Regiment who have been killed in action since the unit was formed July 20, 1942. More than 1,400 Currahee have made the supreme sacrifice for our country; their names are forever remembered here; at the Currahee Memorial Fort Campbell, KY.
The crew of the USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) invites the Currahee Nation and friends to join with them at the Commissioning Ceremony of this great ship mid-morning on January 26, 2019 at Naval Air Station, North Island, Coronado, California.
Admission is free but tickets are required for security reasons. Please go to the ship’s website: to order your tickets. Once there, go to the bottom of the page and click on “Commissioning Information”. Scroll down and click on “Ceremony Only Ticket Request” and fill in the form. IMPORTANT - In the Classcode section put in "506" if you are Currahee, former Currahee, or with a Currahee. This will be our own section that the ship’s crew has reserved for the Currahees from all eras. Currahees from the Ramadi 2006 deployment are especially encouraged to attend and help welcome the latest guided missile destroyer into the United States Navy fleet.
Hotel information – I was given Glorietta Bay Inn and El Cordova in Coronado. Lots of choices downtown San Diego; but try to stay close. Of course if you have a military ID card, you can stay at the Navy Lodge at NAS North Island. I already tried the lodge and the folks told me that they could not accept reservations for 2019 until November 1st. CAPT Smith said to bring the family. There are five other events besides the actual commissioning. These other events are all by special invitation. Some active duty and 506th Association Currahees will be invited to attend some or all of these other events. Hope this info helps. Please pass it around to everyone you still have contact with. Hope to see you there. And, please visit the other pages by clicking on the links at the bottom of each page. Lots of good intel there.
Rick St John, a longtime member of the 506th, has written an extensively researched book about B Company, 2nd Battalion during its pre-deployment training at Fort Campbell (August-November 1967) and its first year in combat (December 1967-December 1968). He has included firsthand accounts of the battles from over thirty fellow Tiger Bravo veterans, personal insights from family members, numerous excerpts from 2/506th Daily Staff Journals, battle maps based on 1968 era 1:50,000 maps of the area and 3rd Brigade and 101st Airborne Division after action reports.
Find out about more Currahee books and How to Order Tiger Bravo's War.
Currently files are being transferred to the new website.
You can look for information on the old 506infantry website. Click here
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.
The Association is recognized as a Tax Exempt 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.
The website, the Association Facebook page and newsletter connect all Currahees as well as their families, friends, and supporters.
Tribute to Eugene Overton, Jr.
Gene Overton was a giant of a man both literally and figuratively. Gene served in C/1-506 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, one with a V device. He was co founder of The 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association and served as its president for many years. In addition Gene was a member of the Association's board of directors, served on numerous committees, and was editor of the Association's newsletter. Gene also personally funded a $1,000 yearly scholarship thru the Association's college scholarship program.
Gene's life was all about service to others. Not only did he give to his local community but he gave to the Currahee Nation.Gene sent packages to deployed Currahees, welcomed them home from deployments, was constantly on the phone with veterans along with active duty soldiers, and stayed in touch with people all over the world.
Without Gene Overton there would be no 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association. If you are reading this on our web site, it is due to his efforts. If you are a member of the Association it is because of him. Gene was many things to many people, but for those of us in the 506th Association who knew him he was a Currahee.
Alfred M. May
506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association