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
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 to Saturday, September 13, 2014 Radisson Hotel Branson, Mo. You can now make your reunion hotel reservations by going to the hotel's online website at www.radisson.com/506thair or calling the hotel directly at 417 335-5767
UPDATE - Things to do in family friendly Branson
For those who have never been to Branson before, you are in for an unexpected treat. The biggest attraction in Branson is live entertainment. There are more than 75 venues with live shows. If this is not enough to keep you busy, then check out the links below to some of Branson's other major attractions.
The 2014 Reunion events include a Hospitality/Display Room, Quartermaster Sales Room, Regimental Buffet (Thursday evening, September 11th), Association General Membership Meeting (Saturday morning, September 13th), and Currahee Memorial Dinner (Saturday evening, September 13th).
Another chapter in the history of the Regiment is coming to a close when the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 506th Infantry Regiment (Currahee) returns home this Winter after its' most recent deployment in Afghanistan.
COL Valery C. Keaveny, Jr., Brigade Commander, is inviting all of us to Fort Campbell in order to celebrate the unit's return. Plans are being made for Currahee Rendezvous - 2014 to take place in March 2014. So far plans include an Open House at Brigade and all Battalion HQ's on Wednesday, March 12th and Thursday, March 13th; Also on Thursday, March 13th a Currahee Memorial Monument Rededication and a Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) Ceremony will be held. The grand finale will be on the evening of Friday, March 14th a Currahee Regimental Ball to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
More detailed information will be posted about the full schedule of events as such information becomes available. For information regarding the 506th Association's Rendezvous Headquarters Hotel; 4th BCT, 506th Area Map; Driving Directions / Fort Campbell Vehicle Registration.
A few years ago, a friend visited the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the village of Margraten, about six miles from Maastricht. There lie buried 8,301 American soldiers killed in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall and winter of 1944-5. Sgt. Bill Dukeman, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Second Battalion, Company C (of "Band of Brothers fame) is buried there. He was killed in the battle of "The Crossroads" in northern Holland.
The Dutch hold an annual memorial concert every September at the above cemetery to remember and honor the Americans who died to free them in Operation Market Garden and subsequent efforts to eject the German army from Holland. Sgt. Dukeman, like many other fallen GIs, was "adopted" by a Dutch family. Dukeman's family in the States was contacted and hosted in Holland, and his grave site decorated each year by his Dutch "family." They keep his portrait in their home, displayed in a place of honor. Fathers pass this obligation down to their sons in Holland. This version of the original "taps" music is played by a 13 year old Dutch girl named Melissa Venema. The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Holland .
Many of you may never have heard taps played in its entirety . The original version of Taps was called Last Post, and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps.
Melissa Venema is playing it on a trumpet whereby the original was played on a bugle.
'Il Silencio' (The Silence) played by 13 year old Melissa Venema with André Rieu and his orchestra at the 'Vrijthof' in Maastricht.