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506th PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 101st AIRBORNE DIVISION


Constituted 1 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 506th Parachute Infantry. Activated 20 July 1942 at Camp Toombs, Georgia (renamed Camp Toccoa 21 August 1942). Moved to Fort Benning, Georgia where attached to the Airborne Command 15 December 1942. Transferred to Camp Mackall, North Carolina 26 February 1943 and attached to the 101st Airborne Division 1 June 1943. Moved to Sturgis Army Airfield, Kentucky 6 June 1943 and to Fort Bragg, North Carolina 23 July 1943. Staged at Camp Shanks, New York 29 August 1943 and departed from the New York Port of Embarkation on 5 September 1943. Arrived in England 15 September 1943. Assaulted Normany, France on 6 June 1944 then returned to England 13 July 1944. Assaulted Nijmegan-Arnhem, Holland 17 September 1944. Entered Germany on 4 April 1945 (attached to the 4th Infantry Division 2-3 May 1945). Assigned to the 101st Airborne Division 1 March 1945. The unit was at Zell-am-see, Austria at the end of World War II (15 August 1945 location). Served in the Army of Occupation of Germany from 1 April-1 August 1945. Inactivated 30 November 1945 at Auxere, France. Redesignated 506th Airborne Infantry and allotted to the Regular Army on 18 June 1948. Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky; inactivated 1 April 1949 at Camp Breckinridge. Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge; inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge. Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Relieved from the 101st Airborne Division 25 April 1957 and reorganized as the 506th Infantry, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDITS (World War II): Normandy (with arrowhead) Rhineland (with arrowhead) Ardennes-Alsace Central Europe (Vietnam): Counteroffensive, Phase III Tet Counteroffensive Counteroffensive, Phase IV Counteroffensive, Phase V Counteroffensive, Phase VI Tet/69 Counteroffensive Summer-Fall 1969 Winter-Spring 1970 Sanctuary Counteroffensive Counteroffensive, Phase VII Consolidation I Consolidation II DECORATIONS Presidential Unit Citation (Army) Streamer embroidered NORMANDY (506th Parachute Infantry cited; WD GO 4, 1945) Presidential Unit Citation (Army) Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE (506th Parachute Infantry cited; WD GO 17, 1945) Presidential Unit Citation (Army) Streamer embroidered DONG AP BIA MOUNTAIN (1st Battalion, 506th Infantry cited; DA GO 16, 1972) Presidential Unit Citation (Army) Streamer embroidered TRANG BANG (2d Battalion, 506th Infantry cited; DA GO 38, 1971) Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered PHAN THIET (3d Battalion, 506th Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1970) Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969 (1st Battalion, 506th Infantry cited; DA GO 52, 1974) Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968 (1st, 2d and 3d Battalions, 506th Infantry cited; CA GO 42, 1976 as amended by DA GO 5, 1977) French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered NORMANDY (506th Parachute Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950) Netherlands Orange Lanyard (506th Parachute Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950) Belgian Fourragere 1940 (506th Parachute Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950) Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at BASTOGNE (506th Parachute Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950) Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in FRANCE AND BELGIUM (506th Parachute Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950) COAT OF ARMS SHIELD: Azure, a lightning flash in bend throughout argent, in chief six parachutes, three, two and one of the last, in base a mountain issuant proper. CREST: On a wreath of the colors argent and azure, in front of a demi-plate bearing a demi-torteau surmounted overall in pale by a winged sword breaker, point to base or, wings elevated of the first, two caltraps conjoined gold, that to the dexter bearig a fleur-de-lis of the second and that to the sinister a bugle of the like. MOTTO: Currahee (Stands alone) SYMBOLISM SHIELD: The blue field of the shied is for the infantry. The thunderbolt indicates the regiment's paticular threat-surprise from the sky. Six parachutes represent the fact that the 506th was the sixth parachute constituted in the U.S. Army. The green silhouette represents Currahee Mountain---the site of the regiment's activation (Camp Toccoa, Georgia)---and symbolizes the organization's strength, independence, and ability to stand alone for whch paratroopers arfe renowned. In fact, Currahee is the American aboriginal Cherokee Indian equivalent for "Stand alone." CREST: The winged sword-breaker represents airborne troops. The conjoined caltraps stand for the enemy line of defense behind which paratroopers are dropped. They are two in number in reference to the unit's two air assault landings. The fluer-de-lis is for the Normandy invasion and the bugle horn, from the arms of Eindhoven, Holland, refers to the organizatation'c capture of that objective. The spikes of the caltrap stand for the unit's World War II decorations. The demi-roundel represents a section of the hub of a wheel; it stands for Bastogne, Belgium, strategic crossroads of highways and railwalys. The hub, surmounted by the winged sword-breaker, commemorates the organization's heroic defense of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA. The distinctive unit insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms. The sample of the insignia was approved for wear on 27 December 1951. The unit did utilize a distinctive pocket patch different from the above during WW II. HELP! Can anyone supply a current and updated Lineage and Honors Statement for this unit? Please contact 1SG Charles W. Aresta, The Hawaiian Military Insignia Collectors and Study Group. 1813 Sereno Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-2318 (Ph or fax: 808-537-2753) or e-mail: ra1sgt@aol.com



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