The 506th Association will be able to award four $1,000 scholarships thanks, in part, to the generosity of Gene Overton, Carol Sullivan and John Lally. Gene, Carol and John have agreed to fund named awards within our scholarship program. Gene's award will be The Eugene and Marilyn Overton Scholarship Award, Carol's award will be named The NAVILLUS Foundation Award, while John's will be the Marcia and John Lally Service Award. Our fourth scholarship award is the Currahee Award and is funded by the 506th Association membership along with friends of the Association.
The NAVILLUS Foundation is a family foundation that was headed by Lee and Carol Sullivan. Lee has passed away and Carol has decided to continue funding this scholarship in order to honor Lee and the men who served in his Company. This award is dedicated to Lee Sullivan and the members of B Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry who served in the Republic of Vietnam during 1969 and 1970.
Gene Overton served in C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry at Fort Campbell and the Republic of Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. Gene is also the co-founder of the 506th Association and he, along with his wife Marilyn, have donated an untold amount of time, energy, and money to further the goals of the Association. This award is dedicated to all who served with C Company from 1967 to 1968.
John Lally who served with A Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry in Vietnam, is currently the Chairman of the Association Board of Directors and Newsletter Editor. The Marcia and John Lally Service Award is to honor all Currahees who have served their nation over the last seven decades.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Coleton Guidry as the winner of the The Eugene and Marilyn Overton Scholarship Award..
Coleton grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana, where he attended East Beauregard High School. He is an excellent athlete, playing and excelling at high school football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. Throughout his four years playing high school sports Coleton received a number of honors at the local and state level. In addition to sports, Coleton also made his mark in academics and graduated as the valedictorian of his 2016 high school class. He is continuing his education by attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a major in English and a minor in History. After LSU he then plans to attend law school at Vanderbilt University. Becoming a lawyer has always been his life long dream.
Coleton is the grandson of Glen Guidry, who served in Alpha Company, 1-506th Infantry, Vietnam 1970-1971, and the son of Neil and Markayla Guidry.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Sarah Cox of Clarksville, Tennessee as the winner of the $1,000 Marcia and John Lally Service Award.
Sarah is the daughter of CPT Robert Cox, a former Chaplain for the 506th Infantry Regiment. She attended Rossview High School located in Clarksville, TN for 4 years. Throughout her high school career Sarah participated and held various leadership roles in organizations such as Junior Civitan International, National Honors Society, Modern Language Club, and Future Business Leaders of America. She graduated with a Highest Honors Diploma in 2016. Sarah plans to pursue a dual major in International Business and French with a minor in German through The University of Alabama's Honors College.
The following letter is from Sarah:
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Maxine Langenberg of La Habra, California as the winner of the $1,000 NAVILLUS Award for 2016
Maxine Langenberg, born February 27, 1997 to Shane and Shilo Langenberg is a 2015 graduate of La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California. While at La Mirada High School she was a 4 year Varsity letter soccer player, member of the National Honor Society, served as Junior Class President, Senior Class Executive President, crowned Homecoming Queen and maintained a 4.0 or above GPA all 4 years. She has just completed her first year at California State University Bakersfield, in Bakersfield, CA. where she is also a member of the women’s soccer team. After graduating from college, future plans are to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist with an emphasis on sports related injuries.
Maxine’s grandfather Gene Langenberg a lifetime member of the 101st Airborne Association and the Currahee Association served in Company B 2/506 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, 1966-1967.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Bryan Medema of Roselle, Illinois as the winner of the $1,000 Currahee Award for 2016.
Bryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Roselle, Illinois. Bryan earned his BA at Indiana University in 2012, and upon graduation, accepted his commission as an Infantry officer in the United States Army. Bryan was initially stationed at Fort Knox, KY, with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan as the intelligence officer for a Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team (SFAAT). Following the deployment Bryan was reposted at Fort Knox, until his brigade was inactivated and he was sent to Fort Campbell and assigned to 1-506 IN "Red Currahee". Bryan has spent the past two years with the battalion, working in operations.
Bryan will begin law school this fall at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He plans to study constitutional and policy law with the intent of working in public advocacy for agencies like the V.A. or the Department of Justice.