Welcome to the CURRAHEE website – 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.
What: A Memorial Service for Eugene Overton, Jr.
Where: The Regency at Monroe Clubhouse
Address: 530 Buckelew Ave. Monroe, NJ 08831
Date: 3 November 2019
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
RSVP no later than 25 Oct: If you plan on attending please reply to Marilyn Overton at email@example.com with your name and the names of any guests that will accompany you. There will be a repast after the service and Marilyn will need a count for the caterer.
Welcome Home, CURRAHEES!
Red Currahees with 1st Brigade Batstone are redeploying from their 9 month deployment to Iraq. Welcome Home ceremonies began 22 September 2019 at Fort Campbell, KY. The follow-on group will conduct the color uncasing. Follow the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee" Facebook page for ceremony updates. Also check in with the 1st Brigade Combat Team "Bastogne" and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) page for up-to-date information.
The 2020 Currahee Reunion dates have been announced, so mark your calendars and join the 506th Association at Fort Campbell, KY!
20-23 May, 2020
The 2020 Currahee Reunion dates have been announced: Join us at Fort Campbell, Kentucky: Home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the Currahee Battalions. Planning is underway and registration will be available soon. Check back for more details, but save the dates, and get excited for May 20-23, 2020!
The Riverview Inn in Clarksville, TN will host the 2020 Currahee Reunion.
20-23 May, 2020
Call: 931-552-3331 for Reservations.
Make sure you ask for the 506th Association nightly room rate: $89 standard king room, or $99 for an executive room. (pre-tax rates)
Reservations can not be made online at this time. For photos or more information about the hotel visit the webpage link below.
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.
The crew of the USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) invites the Currahee Nation and friends to join with them at the Commissioning Ceremony of this great ship mid-morning on January 26, 2019 at Naval Air Station, North Island, Coronado, California.
Admission is free but tickets are required for security reasons. Please go to the ship’s website: to order your tickets. Once there, go to the bottom of the page and click on “Commissioning Information”. Scroll down and click on “Ceremony Only Ticket Request” and fill in the form. IMPORTANT - In the Classcode section put in "506" if you are Currahee, former Currahee, or with a Currahee. This will be our own section that the ship’s crew has reserved for the Currahees from all eras. Currahees from the Ramadi 2006 deployment are especially encouraged to attend and help welcome the latest guided missile destroyer into the United States Navy fleet.
Hotel information – I was given Glorietta Bay Inn and El Cordova in Coronado. Lots of choices downtown San Diego; but try to stay close. Of course if you have a military ID card, you can stay at the Navy Lodge at NAS North Island. I already tried the lodge and the folks told me that they could not accept reservations for 2019 until November 1st. CAPT Smith said to bring the family. There are five other events besides the actual commissioning. These other events are all by special invitation. Some active duty and 506th Association Currahees will be invited to attend some or all of these other events. Hope this info helps. Please pass it around to everyone you still have contact with. Hope to see you there. And, please visit the other pages by clicking on the links at the bottom of each page. Lots of good intel there.
Rick St John, a longtime member of the 506th, has written an extensively researched book about B Company, 2nd Battalion during its pre-deployment training at Fort Campbell (August-November 1967) and its first year in combat (December 1967-December 1968). He has included firsthand accounts of the battles from over thirty fellow Tiger Bravo veterans, personal insights from family members, numerous excerpts from 2/506th Daily Staff Journals, battle maps based on 1968 era 1:50,000 maps of the area and 3rd Brigade and 101st Airborne Division after action reports.
Find out about more Currahee books and How to Order Tiger Bravo's War.
Currently files are being transferred to the new website.
You can look for information on the old 506infantry website. Click here
With the inactivation of the 4th Brigade Combat Team the Currahee Memorial (also known as the Currahee KIA Memorial) has been moved from the former Brigade area to a permanent location across from the Pratt Museum on Fort Campbell. The new Memorial location is Tennessee Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets. On Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 at 1600 (4:00PM CDT) there was a rededication ceremony for the Memorial. Present were former 4th Brigade Commander COL Valery Keaveny, current Chief of Staff 101st Airborne Division, along with the colors and elements of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 506th Infantry Regiment. All veteran Currahees and friends of the Regiment were invited to attend.
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.
Tribute to Eugene Overton, Jr.
Gene Overton was a giant of a man both literally and figuratively. Gene served in C/1-506 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, one with a V device. He was co founder of The 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association and served as its president for many years. In addition Gene was a member of the Association's board of directors, served on numerous committees, and was editor of the Association's newsletter. Gene also personally funded a $1,000 yearly scholarship thru the Association's college scholarship program.
Gene's life was all about service to others. Not only did he give to his local community but he gave to the Currahee Nation.Gene sent packages to deployed Currahees, welcomed them home from deployments, was constantly on the phone with veterans along with active duty soldiers, and stayed in touch with people all over the world.
Without Gene Overton there would be no 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association. If you are reading this on our web site, it is due to his efforts. If you are a member of the Association it is because of him. Gene was many things to many people, but for those of us in the 506th Association who knew him he was a Currahee.
Alfred M. May
506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association