Fort Campbell, Kentucky
More than 1,400 Currahees have made the supreme sacrifice for our country. You may have known some of them. But what you may not know is that there is no single memorial to all the soldiers of our Regiment who have been killed in action.
This situation is about to change. Much of the work has been completed on the memorial, however, we must still pay for the engraving of most of the KIA names.
This tribute to our fallen is being paid for by people like you. The Army has provided the land; however, soldiers, and veterans, along with Currahee friends and family, will have to come together if we are to complete this project. Now is the time to step up and take action. Click the links below to see what the memorial looks like and how you can make this dream a reality.
The granite stones were put in place, and the formal dedication was held on November 12, 2009. After two more years of fund raising, we had the funds required to pay for the engraving of the WWII and Vietnam KIA names (and the re-engraving of the Iraq and Afghanistan KIA names) on their designated stone tablets. With all of the engraving complete, a Rededication Ceremony was held on November 11, 2011. Money collected from now on will be used for landscaping and perpetual care of the memorial.
The Memorial is located on the south side of Building 7078 - BDE HQ
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Fort Campbell, KY, August 6, 2010 - A large anonymous contribution will enable the famous 506th Infantry Regiment to complete its new memorial to the soldiers of the regiment killed in action. The memorial is the first to honor the nearly 1,500 soldiers of the regiment who died in combat from World War II to present day Afghanistan. The $40,000 donation was part of a $100,000 gift made to the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association (Airmobile-Air Assault) in recognition of the service and sacrifices of the Currahees. The generous gift was announced by Association leaders at a reunion of regimental veterans held last week by the Association in Harrisburg, PA. The regiment, which includes the famed “Band of Brothers” unit, is part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Located in the 4th Brigade Combat Team area at Fort Campbell, the dramatic granite monument was conceived and created by the active-duty leaders of the regiment. This project was an all-volunteer effort funded entirely by private contributions. It was substantially completed and dedicated in 2009, with the names of Currahees killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan engraved on the monument. The regiment needed additional funding to add the names of the honored dead from earlier conflicts. The 506th Association has been fundraising for the memorial, acting on behalf of the regiment. This donation will allow the monument to be completed, and any additional contributions will be applied to maintaining the site.
“This is a very generous contribution for our soldiers,” said CSM Timothy D. Coop, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Not only will this benefit soldiers of the past and future, this contribution also expands the program to help the wounded soldiers and their families.”
The balance of the charitable contribution went to the Association to expand programs for the families of soldiers killed or wounded in action. It will be administered as part of the Widows, Orphans and Wounded Veterans (WO&WS) aid program serving wounded soldiers and their families. The Currahees are currently being redeployed to Afghanistan for another tour of duty.
In addition to the WO&WS fund, the all-volunteer Association sponsors scholarships for active-duty and veteran Currahees and families, supports morale-building projects for overseas soldiers, and veteran-recognition events. It must also seek contributions to provide funding for general operating expenses. Through these activities, it brings veterans and active duty troops together, and hosts a large website dedicated to the history and people of the regiment.
June 2012 Additions, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
photos from MAJ Kamil Sztalkoper (4th BCT, 506th Public Affairs Officer)
Landscaping, Bench, and Pedestal Additions
This blank stone is dedicated to the memory of all Currahees who died in service and training. Their names may be lost to the ages, but the sacrifice they made is remembered by those who served with them.
Artist Eugene Morelli donated a H58"xW24"xD20" bronze "Majesty" statue for the entrance to the Memorial.
The formal dedication of the monument and the memorial plaza took place in a moving ceremony held on November 12, 2009 - the day after Veteran's Day - in the 4BCT, 506th Infantry Regimental area of Fort Campbell, KY.