506th Airborne Infantry

Regiment Association

lineage and honors


World War II Vietnam War on Terrorism
Normandy (with arrowhead)   Counteroffensive, Phase III (1 Jun 1967-29 Jan 1968) campaigns to be 
Rhineland (with arrowhead) Tet Counteroffensive (30 Jan-1 Apr 1968) Iraqi National Resolution (2005-2007)
Ardennes-Alsace Counteroffensive, Phase IV (2 Apr-30 Jun 1968) Afghanistan Consolidation II (2008-2009)
Central Europe Counteroffensive, Phase V (1 Jul-1 Nov 1968) Afghanistan Consolidation III (2009-2011)
  Counteroffensive, Phase VI (2 Nov 1968- 22 Feb 1969)  
  Tet 69/Counteroffensive (23 Feb-8 Jun 1969)  
  Summer-Fall 1969 (9 Jun-31 Oct 1969)  
  Winter-Spring 1970 (1 Nov 1969-30 Apr 1970)  
  Sanctuary Counteroffensive (1 May-30 Jun 1970)  
  Counteroffensive, Phase VII (l Jul 1970-30 Jun 1971)  
  Consolidation I (1 Jul 1971 - 30 Nov 1971)  
  Consolidation II (1 Dec 1971 - 29 Mar 1972)  


  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered TRANG BANG
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered DONG AP BIA MOUNTAIN
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered PHAN THIET
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered DEFENSE OF SAIGON
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2005-2006
  • French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
  • Netherlands Orange Lanyard
  • Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm, Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE; cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Bastogne
  • Belgian Fourragere 1940; cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in France and Belgium


Chief of Military History


  • Constituted 1 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 506th Parachute Infantry.
  • Activated 20 July 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia.
  • Assigned 1 March 1945 to the 101st Airborne Division
  • Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France.
  • Redesignated 18 June 1948 as the 506th Airborne Infantry.
  • Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army.
  • Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
  • Inactivated 1 April 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
  • Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
  • Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
  • Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
  • **Relieved 25 April 1957 from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division; concurrently reorganized and redesignated as the 506th Infantry, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System.
  • Withdrawn 16 March 1987 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System.
  • Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 506th Infantry Regiment

NOTE - the following awards have not yet been added to this Lineage:

On 15 March 1956, the 506th was redesgnated as the 506th Airborne Infantry (Combat Group) under the plan called ROTAD, Reorganization of the Airborne Division. The 506th took part in the reactivation ceremonies for the 101st Division on 21 September 1956, at Fort Campbell.

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