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 Most historical documents and photographs are on our old, first website which can be accessed by clicking on the link near the bottom of this page, or typing: 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>
506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association Reunion
Due to the delayed planning cycle triggered by COVID uncertainties and the emerging situation in Eastern Europe, this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration actually spans two weeks, beginning on Friday, 20 May and ending on Thursday, 26 May.
The Association has reserved a block of rooms at the new, Holiday Inn & Suites, Hopkinsville Convention Center, 100 Tilley Way, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Extracts from the schedule:
23 May – Monday, early arrival. Unit open houses.
24 May – Tuesday
1) 1430 hrs, DMOR/HMOR Ceremony at Currahee Memorial
2) 1630 hrs, Association Business Meeting & election of new board at hotel
conference room (social hour to follow
25 May – Wednesday
1) Events on post throughout the day.
Honorary Air Assault Certificate
Below, is an extract from correspondence provided by Randal Underhill, Executive Director, 101st Airborne Division Association:
Greetings. The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is pleased to once again honor Vietnam veterans of the 101st Airborne, 101st Air Cavalry, and 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) with an Honorary Air Assault Certificate.
The 101st Airborne Division Association will accept and screen the applications on behalf of the Division. The application (above right) and a copy of the Veteran’s DD214 (SSN Redacted) are all that are asked of the Veterans to apply. The Division realizes that time has passed, and some veterans may have long ago lost documents for attendance to specific training or schools, or there was no specific documentation. The Veterans attestation on the form and the DD214 are the only documents required.
There will be an additional opportunity to be presented the certificate in a ceremony held at the 101st Airborne Division Association Annual Reunion held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, in Grand Rapids, MI from August 3-6, 2022. Details for attendance to the reunion may be found online at our website www.screamingeagle.org
Veterans who are unable, or do not wish to attend one of the ceremonies will receive the honorarium via U.S. mail following the last ceremony in August.
Distinguished & Honorary Member of the Regiment Ceremony From LTC Jeff Farmer, Commander, 1-506 Infantry - Fellow Currahees: The team is proud to announce the receipt of 15 DMOR nominations and 2 HMOR nominations. The voting board will convene this week and transmit the results to the Infantry Branch. Once the results are confirmed, congratulatory letters and packets will be sent to all members of the Class of 2022.
COL (R) Alexander, who served in 3-506 during the Vietnam War and is the former President of the 101st Airborne Division Association is confirmed as the guest speaker for the event.
Pins, Patches & Decals - We have received our order for 11 items to replenish the supply in our Quartermaster Store managed by Tina Daigle. Come and get 'um!
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)
Chaplain: Dave Canter (Vietnam) Quartermaster Sales: Tina Daigle
This represents 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) era.
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.
Order Your Paver Online at: WWW.ThatsMyBrick.com
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.
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