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: This website is in transition. Most historical documents and photographs are on our old, first website which can be accessed by clicking on the link near the bottom of this page, or typing: <http://old.506infantry.org/history.html>
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.
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.
America's longest set of conflicts produced another crop of advisors culled from the ranks of ordinary regular soldiers. The military never gathered their stories and wasn't interested in learning from what we experienced. Yet, if you know anyone who served in Iraq or Afghanistan during the Global War on Terror, they either were an advisor to Iraqi or Afghan forces, worked with an advisor team or they knew others who were advisors. We were everywhere and arguably the "war winning " strategy in a set of wars that seemed to have no end. As they told us often, we were the Tip of the Spear. The title of both volumes tell you how that felt. It will take you from selection and training all the way through to end of our tours as we lived with and advised our counterparts through tedium, innumerable cups of chai, and violent combat. This was our war. With personal interviews the author conducted and more than 150 others, this details advisors in lonely company’s fighting in high mountains or sewage filled streets to the highest level of those foreign military organizations and every level in-between. They were supposedly the war winning strategy but found themselves alone and unafraid, under supplied and under-appreciated making it up as they went along. They balanced their safety by staying close to their Iraqi and Afghan brothers and felt the nearer they were to those we advised, the safer they were. They were the underdogs. They did their jobs and this is their story. Available on kindle and paperback through Amazon. Volume I was released on 19 March 2021 and Volume II is set to release on 5 July 2021. Pre-order is available now.
The Author: J.E. Hamby is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 27 years of military experience including three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He volunteered twice to lead Advisor Teams in both theaters for a total of 19 months in combat as an advisor.
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: Dave Vickers (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.