Welcome to the CURRAHEE website! This site is 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.
NOTE: Most historical document and photographs can be found on our first website at: <www.old.506infantry.org>
The Association is now accepting applications for our 2021 College Scholarships. Multiple awards will be offered of $1,000 and $1,5000 with the top award being $2,000. The deadline for mailing of applications is 30 April 2021. Applicants are reminded to include their name, mailing address, email address and phone number with their application. Items sent with applications cannot be returned. Do not send original documents or important papers as photo copies will be accepted. Questions may be directed to the Scholarship Committee Chairman.
Item #1: 50 years after the Vietnam War ended the U.S. Army has recognized the contributions of combat veterans of the 101st Airborne and 1st Air Cavalry divisions. These were the Soldiers who pioneered the development of air assault tactics that are now an essential component of modern warfare. At the urging of former Screaming Eagle commanders GEN David Petraeus and LTG Robert Clark and current commander MG Brian Winski, the Army is awarding a special honorary Air Assault Badge to qualified veterans of the Vietnam conflict. A presentation ceremony is being planned for June 24th, during the Week of the Eagles. The announcement of the award and application is are available from the 101st Airborne Association website or from our Facebook page. An announcement of the Week of the Eagles activities will appear on this page shortly. (Corrections to original post in RED.)
Item #2: The 506th Association has developed a commemorative "Air Assault Pioneer" coin. A limited number of these coins are available for sale. The price is $20 each with all profits going to the charitable funds of the association. As a 501(c)19 non-profit veterans organization. Profits from the sale of this coin will go to support veterans' programs.
Download the Commemorative Coin Order Form here: Coin Order Form
Download the 101st Association Application here: Application Order Form
The battalions of the 506th Infantry Regiment will conduct a Distinguished and Honorary Member of the Regiment Induction Ceremony at 1000 hours on Wednesday morning, June 23rd at the Currahee Memorial on Fort Campbell. The formal announcement along with instructions for nominating deserving candidates for this high honor are attached here. Please put some thought into who you think should receive this high honor and begin developing the narrative justification for consideration now. The packets will be due into 2-506 battalion headquarters by March 15. (Changes in RED.)
As Custodian of the Regiment, "Red Currahee" was honored to have Gary Gilliam and Glenn Shuman, Veterans of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion 506th Infantry at battalion headquarters on August 19th to accept the certification as Distinguished Member Regiment on behalf of Mr. Do Von Hap. Mr. Von Hap was nominated, and approved, in recognition of his exemplary combat service in the Vietnam War. LTC Jeff Farmer and CSM Larry Zawisza made the presentation on behalf of the regiment.
Von Hap served in the Chiêu Hồi Program, after defecting from the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and aligning with the Republic of South Vietnam, as a Kit Carson Scout. He was assigned to Charlie Company and became an extremely valuable member of the rifle platoons. Von Hap understood the area of operations better than any American Soldier because of his experiences with the NVA in the mountains prior to joining our company. During the continuous combat faced by 2nd Battalion during the Ripcord and Lam Son 719 campaigns in the jungle covered mountains near the DMZ with North Vietnam, Von Hap provided invaluable information about the terrain, trail markings and NVA combat tactics. This knowledge of NVA tactics genuinely saved the lives of many of Charlie Company Soldiers.
Do Von Hap is the only non-American who has ever been selected for DMOR recognition by the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment. Currahee!
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.
August 17-19, 2020: Vietnam era veterans, along with Active Duty Soldiers will join together to install approximately 250 pavers at the Currahee Memorial. On the 17th and 18, we will be installing pavers largely from Charlie Company, 2-506. These pavers will be honoring those Soldiers killed or wounded in action along with Soldiers who were with these troopers when the combat action took place. On the 19th, we will be installing approximately 80 pavers representing those Currahees killed in action in Vietnam from Alpha Company, 1-506. If you have time, stop by and lend a hand.
is a 568-page, actual account by the disposable soldiers who served in war-torn Vietnam. This authoritative biography shares their stories in their own words. Raw and real, the horrors of the Vietnam War of the 60s are revealed in an unembellished prose that will enable the reader to grasp the reality of these disposable soldiers and the hell they survived . . . or didn’t. (Includes maps and photos.)
Endorsed by Mike Krawczyk, 3rd Battalion Veteran and Distinguished Member of the Regiment and Retired Colonel Joe Alexander, Past President and Chairman of the 101st Association
Available from Amazon
Marcel Jungbauer and his children have visited the American cemetery in Hamm/Luxemburg for many years – particularly to tend to the grave of Sgt. Gordon E. Mather, Company F, 506th Parachute Infantry who was KIA outside Bastogne, December 20, 1944. The 506th Airborne Infantry Association is proud and thankful for the Jungbauer family and privileged to call them friends. Marcel Jungbauer was awarded the title of Honorary Member of the Regiment in 2013 because of his families history of caring for our military KIA.
Chairman: Craig Oglesby (GWOT) President: MAJ(R) Tom Duckett (Vietnam)
Secretary: COL(R) Joe Johnson (Vietnam) Treasurer: Cristy Streeter (GWOT)
Director: Fred May (Vietnam) Director: LTC(R) Joel Hamby (GWOT)
Director: LTC Dave Schulz (GWOT) Director: Wesley Bass (GWOT)
Director: SFC(R) Jim Daigle (GWOT) Director: Bob Leibecke (Vietnam)
Director: Jimmy Summer (GWOT) Director: Richard Keiser (Vietnam)
The Alpha 1-506 Men Donate New Benches
at their Ft Campbell KIA Memorial
A fund raiser, lead by Fred May, was successful in raising enough funds to remove the original, deteriorating concrete benches and replace them with brand new granite benches. The benches are located on either side of the reproduction of the memorial to the Alpha KIA's which sat outside the Alpha Company orderly room on Camp Evans, Vietnam.
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 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.