While the title of this post may “throw you” slightly if you are familiar with the 506th, the fact is, they were an airborne regiment. But they were called a Parachute Infantry Regiment.
So airborne… parachute… Same thing.
I am going to provide you with 10 cool facts about the 506th Airborne Regiment.
#1: The Beginning
The 506th Airborne Regiment was started in 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia. This was during World War II, so those who joined the 506th knew they would soon see action against allied enemies.
#2: Band Of Brothers
Both a book and an HBO miniseries called Band Of Brothers was based upon Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do.
#3: The Initial Commander
Known for excellent leadership that made boys into men, the command of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was given to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sink. Sink trained the men hard to ensure they would be at their best when at battle.
#4: Their Own Website
In the plan of the invasion of Normandy, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment had an important mission. They were to parachute into enemy controlled territory on the North end of the invasion site. They would then be tasked with taking out enemy defenses.
I highly suggest you read the full account of the 506th’s actions at Normandy. You can read it here.
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The 506th Airborne Regiment has been involved in many campaigns:
World War II
*Counteroffensive, Phase III
*Counteroffensive, Phase IV
*Counteroffensive, Phase V
*and, Counteroffensive, Phase VI
*Counteroffensive, Phase VII
War on Terrorism
#7: Record March
Colonel Sink, while training the 506th, had read of a record march by the Japanese. He wanted his men to beat that record. Sink had his men march from Camp Toccoa to Atlanta, Georgia. It was a total of 118 miles.
#8: Current Garrison
The 506th now calls Fort Campbell, Kentucky their home.
The nickname of the 506th is Currahee. It came from the Currahee mountains near Camp Toccoa that the men had to run up.
Currahee is Cherokee for “Stands Alone.”
#10: Unit Decorations
The 506th has many decorations to show that they went above and beyond:
- 4 Presidential Unit Citations
- 2 Valorous Unit Awards
- Meritorious Unit Award
- 5 Commendations
- French Croix de Guerre with Palm
- Netherlands Orange Lanyard
- Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm
- and a Belgian Fourragere
The 506th has an amazing history and any soldier who is attached to them has much to tell their family.
Be sure and check out the reference links for a lot more great info on the 506th and give a shout out if you are a member of Currahee.
Thanks and have a great day.
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.