Friday, November 20, 2009

2010 Currahee Reunion

The 506th Association will be holding its 2010 Currahee Reunion at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Harrisburg, PA on July 28th– 31st, 2010.

All 506th Currahee veterans, active duty soldiers of the Regiment as well as their families and friends are invited to attend. For complete Reunion information, check out the Currahee Reunions/Events section of the 506th site.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Black Receives Awards 40 years Late

Here's a good story about the Currahee spirit, 40 years later. Currahee Roger Black earned a few awards back in June 1970 while serving with the 506th Infantry. He finally received them on November 13, 2009 courtesy of U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards and then Sgt. Gib Rossetter.

Read Long Time Coming in the Cleburne Times-Review.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Veterans Day

As Veterans Day November 11, 2009 comes around let us all remember those soldiers, families and friends that paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. Let us also not forget the current troops who serve far and near and put their lives on the line for every single one of us.

Today during one of my volunteering efforts a mom mentioned to me that her son a senior in high school has already signed his paperwork to join the Army upon graduation. She also went on to state that this will now mean her family has 3 sons serving in the military at different installations around the world.

I told her to thank her son’s for their service from a veteran.

If you see a soldier in uniform, tell them “THANK YOU”. If you come across another veteran thank them for their service!

Veterans enjoy your special day and thank you all for your service!!!!!

Don Thies, President
506th Association
B Company 2nd 506th, Vietnam 70/71

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Currahee" KIA Memorial to be dedicated in November

The highly-anticipated memorial to our fallen comrades is fast becoming a reality. The 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment will hold a formal dedication for the new memorial to soldiers of the regiment killed in action in four wars. Once again, the Currahees have delivered on a commitment.

According to LTC David Womack, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Regiment, "The memorial has come to symbolize the strong bonds that unite the Currahees across generations and wars." He said, "Those bonds - founded in pride, commitment and shared experience - explain the esprit de corps that is legendary in the 506th, and which is demonstrated in the success of this project."

The dedication ceremony will take place on November 12, 2009 - the day after Veteran's Day -- in the 506th regimental area at Fort Campbell, KY. The schedule of events around the dedication should be announced by the regiment shortly.
View a picture of the Memorial

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jack Foley Easy Company

Jack Foley passed away on September 14, 2009.
We regret to inform all that one of our brothers died at the age of 87. Jack Foley passed away on Monday evening. His health was fragile but he was tough.

Jack was platoon leader of the 1st platoon during World War II. His brothers said he was a great officer and a great man. The members of the 506th Association will always remember him as a good and honest man. Currahee!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Return to Vietnam, Revives Memories

The September issue of V.F.W. Magazine has a story titled "Return to Vietnam, Revives Memories." The story tells the story of a group of Vietnam Veterans who returned to places like Phu Bai. Yes gentlemen, Phu Bai is alright! One of the veterans returning to Vietnam was Robert Greene, VFW Assistant Quartermaster General. But his claim to fame is he served with B Company, 3rd Bn., 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Make sure you take a look at the article.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Welcome Home Vietnam Vets

This past Sunday Ft. Campbell welcomed home Vietnam Veterans from all services. Former Currahee, Major Patick Seiber said he hoped other units and posts would follow the lead of the 101st Airborne and have similar events.

Read about the event in the Army Times Fort Campbell welcomes home Vietnam vets With video from:
CBS News 5 in Nashville Veterans Receive Overdue Recognition
FOX 7 in Evansville Veterans Receive Overdue Recognition

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Currahee Killed in Auto Accident

Former SPC Matthew Zygmunt, who served with C Co 2nd PLT 1-506th from 2005-2008, was killed August 3, 2009 in a car crash in Lebanon Ky. The funeral announcements will be made soon. All we know currently know is that the funeral will be held in Wisconsin sometime this week. This notice is posted to provide quick information out to those who knew Ziggy who would like to attend the services. News Article

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lets Support our Military and get them Hunting

Reposted from Hunting Life, MAJ Darin Harper is a member of the 506th Infantry Association.

Thursday, July 9, 2009
Our military is one of the finest group of men and women in the world and each and every day those men and women support and protect our freedom to speak, shoot, hunt and fish. These men like also like to take time out of their busy schedules and enjoy the pleasure of getting outdoors and hunting with friends and family. Our military is certainly not the best paid men and women and I know most all of them are not serving our country for the money, that is for sure.

After getting this great letter from Maj, MS Darin L Harper(US Army), I am proposing that we reward our military with resident licenses in all 50 states. Each state controls their resident and non-resident costs for licenses and every state has the option to declare military members as exceptions to the rule. In fact I am pretty sure that most level headed politicians and game and fish officers would stand right beside me in saying we need to support our US Troops both at home and abroad.

Lets work together to give our United States soldiers the right to buy resident tags and licenses for hunting in every state of our great country so they can enjoy the outdoors no matter where they are stationed.

Letter From Maj, MS Darin L Harper(US Army):

Mr. Paulson -
My name is MAJ Darin Harper, I am an active duty officer in the US Army, and am currently a student at the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth KS. I have served in uniform since 1987 when I enlisted after High School graduation and have served in a variety of assignments all over the world. In the course of my profession I have been assigned to seven different locations in the continental United States as well as four overseas assignments including a tour in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hunting and fishing whenever I can. As a service member I get the opportunity to apply for a resident license in whichever state I am currently assigned. I am extremely appreciative of this benefit as the cost of seven different out of state licenses over the past 16 years would be pretty expensive! However, because my profession often sends me to locations that are not of my choosing, if I want to hunt with family or friends in other states (even ones I had lived in before) I loose my resident status. For most hunters, the additional cost of hunting out of state is just a part of the game, if you don’t want to pay…don’t play. Over the past four years I have been deployed twice and have found it challenging and expensive (when I am home) to attend a family quail hunt over Thanksgiving in Oklahoma, summer fishing trips with other family members in Colorado, and Spring turkey hunting with friends I just left in Kentucky.

The operational tempo of the US military, over the past eight years, has forced many of us to change assignments and locations at a rate higher than ever before. I think that states should allow active duty servicemen to apply for resident licenses regardless of their current location. The states themselves would benefit from this as their total number of sold licenses would increase among service members as opposed to them not buying one at all because of the high out of state costs. I think it would also increase the total number of sportsmen in the military if the costs and availability of licensing was reasonable.The views expressed are my own and are not the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Thank you for your time,

Darin L. Harper

Well Darin, I agree with you 100% and I think that if you are out there working to protect my freedom to hunt, fish and shoot and raise my family, then you should absolutely be allowed to hunt and fish in every state of our great country and with your military ID you should be able to buy a license and tags just like a resident. I believe our politicians should get to work and communicate with their game and fish officers and make this happen. We need to support our troops and we should help them to enjoy our great outdoors they work so hard to protect......
Kevin C. Paulson
Founder of



I agree with MAJ Harper's letter, and what others have posted here. Service members should be able to purchase residential licenses in any state regardless of state citizenship. When service members are on leave, the leave form (DA31) should be considered a valid license in any state the service member chooses to hunt or fish in.

Posted By SPC Winters on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 04:00 PM
I agree. It's our chance to do something for them and we should do it.

Posted By B E Bates on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 03:13 PM
I agree that active service men and women shouldn't have to pay for an out of state license. They probably shouldn't have to pay at all.

Posted By Melissa on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 02:11 PM
I 100% agree with Darin and feel it is the very least we can do for the ones who give so much for their country.

Posted By gary r west on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 01:19 PM

i think it is a very good idea, and to carry it even farther, the only requirement is that they only should have to pick up a permit with no cost at all.

Posted By johnk on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 12:38 AM
Great point to bring up, Kevin. I don't see how this could be rightfully refused. It's the LEAST we could do.

Posted By Matt Walters on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 09:47 PM
In my personal opinion, you should not have to be a resident to hunt anywhere. Each state should have a resident or non-resident (vacationer) license or else there should be a national fishing/hunting license that covers the entire continental US with each state getting a percentage of the fee.

Posted By Stephen Manning on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:19 AM

100% agreement here. Our service men and women give up their time, risk thier lives, move around as required. . . all to protect the freedoms we enjoy. Definitely, even if they are passing through a state, they should be considered residents. They serve this country, and that means all 50 states.

Call me crazy, but I think if servicemen are on active duty, they should not be charged for the license or at least get a dramatic discount.

Posted By David Hayden on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:17 AM
I couldn't agree more! This is something that has never crossed my mind, but I would fully support it.

Posted By Heather on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Friday, July 3, 2009

Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony

Fort Campbell, Kentucky 1400H 16 August 2009

MG Jeffrey J Schloesser, CG 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has announced a Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans during the Week of the Eagle at Fort Campbell Kentucky on Sunday 16 August 2009.

Vietnam Veterans from ALL units, branches and services are invited to participate in this very special opportunity. Vietnam Veterans will have the rare privilege of receiving the same welcome home that every member of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receives when they return from the war on terrorism.

To participate, everyone is to enter Fort Campbell, KY at Gate 7 on Sunday 16 August 2009 and assemble in casual patriotic attire no later than 1400H CST (2:00 PM) at the Freedom Fighter Gymnasium near the 4th BCT (506th Currahee) headquarters.

Buses at the Freedom Fighter Gymnasium will transport everyone to and from Hangar 3. At Hangar 3, family and friends will assemble inside while the Vietnam Veterans form and "dress right dress" outside the hangar.

The grand moment will be when the hangar doors open to the sound of patriotic music, banners, cheers and tears. The Vietnam Veterans will be greeted by our new Commanding General, MG John F Campbell (former Commander 1st Bde 82nd Abn Div), families, friends and other patriots. What a memorable moment! I am a veteran of the Vietnam War and it touches me deeply to know that our Commanding General has made this special effort to include the Vietnam Veteran in the same honors given to our active duty Soldiers.

After the Hangar 3 ceremony, buses will return everyone to the Freedom Fighter Gymnasium (air-conditioned) and a sit down free Bar-B-Q meal for the Vietnam Veteran and one guest. The Golden Rule Smokehouse Restaurant is donating the meals.

To confirm (1) how many will attend the ceremony (2) to reserve a meal for yourself and one guest, (3) your branch of service and (4) handicap needs, please call the Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce at (270)885-9096 or email NLT 9 August 2009. Also, please show your appreciation to the Golden Rule Smokehouse Restaurant for their generosity to the Vietnam Veterans. The website listing the Week of the Eagle activities is Week of Eagles.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Original 506er Dies

Darrell "Shifty" Powers, E Co, 506th PIR WWII, died Wednesday June 17, 2009. Read news story from The Roanoke Times.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Lt. Brian Brennan-CURRAHEE!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Currahee KIA Memorial

The 4th BCT, Currahee, is in the process of building a memorial to all Currahees killed in all wars since World War II. COL Pete Johnson gave veteran Currahees a presentation on the project during Currahee Rendezvous 2009. During the reunion 4 Currahees were awarded Silver Stars in front of the area where ground has been broken for the memorial. Although the foundation work for this memorial has been completed, the Currahees need help to complete this task. For more information visit the Special Projects page.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Four 4th BCT soldiers earn Silver Stars

For those of you who didn't attend Currahee Rendezvous 2009 you missed the Silver Star Awards ceremony. The article from Army times by Michelle Tan - Staff writer:

Four soldiers from 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, received the Silver Star on May 28 for their actions in Afghanistan.

“I choked up as I made eye contact with each and every one of them,” said Lt. Col. Tony DeMartino, the battalion commander. “All those Silver Stars were awarded for those soldiers placing the life of the guys around them in front of their own.”
The soldiers, from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Ky., were in Afghanistan from March 2008 to April 2009, DeMartino said. Here are their stories:
Read the rest of the story

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

D-Day ceremonies to honor 65th anniversary

Army Times Staff report Posted : Wednesday Jun 3, 2009 16:58:23 EDT

Ceremonies commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of occupied France during World War II, will kick off in Normandy tomorrow.

Task Force 65, a group of about 800 U.S. soldiers, sailors and airmen from 20 Europe- and stateside-based commands, will participate in ceremonies throughout the Normandy coastal region of France, including events at Mont Saint Michel on Thursday, Utah Beach on Friday, Point du Hoc and Omaha Beach on Saturday — June 6, the actual anniversary of D—Day — and St. Mere Eglise on Sunday.

U.S. Army units participating in the ceremony include elements of the 18th Military Police Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the 82d Airborne Division.

A French-sponsored airborne operation involving the French Army and paratroopers of the 101st and 82d, will be held June 9 at Amfreville, an actual drop-zone site used by Allied forces on D-Day.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Currahee Rendezvous 2009

Currahee Rendezvous 2009 is over. COL Pete Johnson and the entire brigade welcomed Currahee veterans home to Ft. Campbell May 28-30, 2009. Highlights of the week included attending the Awards Ceremony where 4 Currahees received Silver Stars for Valor in Afghanistan, Tours of training facilities, a family Bar-B-Que with family activities, induction of Currahees as Distinguished Members of the Regiment and the Currahee Ball held at Opryland. If you weren't there, you missed a fantastic week. I reconnected with friends from long ago and met new friends much younger. I look forward to the next reunion and helping the current Currahees with their projects and adjusting to being home again. Currahee!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Soldier's Miracle

Read and view the story of Currahee Brian Brennan that is making the rounds today. LT. Brennan was awarded the New Jersey Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award. See the story on CBS Evening News: One Word From A General Seems To Bring Wounded Soldier Back To Life May 7, 2009 | by David Martin

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ky. bridge to be named for fallen 101st soldier

A bridge in northeastern Kentucky will be named in honor of a fallen soldier. Spc. Jeremy R. Gullett was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Air Assault based at Fort Campbell.

Gov. Steve Beshear recently signed a joint resolution from the General Assembly to designate a bridge that carries Kentucky Highway 2 traffic across the Little Sandy River as the Spc. Jeremy R. Gullett Memorial Bridge. Gullett was killed in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations on May 7, 2008.

Signs indicate the memorial will be put up June 4, which would have been Gullett’s 24th birthday. “The Commonwealth of Kentucky has the highest respect for Specialist Jeremy R. Gullett and is deeply grateful for the sacrifice he made for the freedom of all Americans and to ensure the freedom of the Afghan people,” the resolution read.

Read the whole story by The Associated Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lt. James Drummond Erskine, 89, of HQ 1/506 PIR dies

A memorial service is scheduled Saturday April 4, 2009 for John Drummond Erskine of Cold Spring Harbor, a former member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

In 1942, Erskine volunteered for the Army's first airborne unit, and completed jump and glider training at Fort Benning, Ga. He served as a trainer with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the subject of the History Channel documentary "Band of Brothers. "Erskine's wartime tales of running up and down mountains were no exaggeration. The 506th was based at Currahee Mountain, Ga., and the unit's obsession was physical fitness.As a young lieutenant, Erskine broke his hip during a maneuvers jump in Tennessee and was told he would never jump again. However, he recovered enough to join his unit in Europe, where he participated in some of the biggest battles of the war, including the Battle of the Bulge. He ended his service as a lieutenant colonel.

Erskin was a longtime character actor best known in recent years for cameo TV appearances that included a running gag on the David Letterman show. Erskine died March 21, a few weeks short of his 90th birthday. His acting career spanned more than 50 years, including the appearances on "Late Show With David Letterman" last year, where he pretended to be an aging Regis Philbin. "The idea of being on the planet and not living life to the fullest was unthinkable to him," said a niece, Marion Lee of Manhattan. "He used to run up and down mountains in the service. "James Drummond Erskine III, better known to his many nieces and nephews as "Uncle Drummy," was born in Manhattan in 1919. He enrolled in a series of private schools and the University of Virginia, before leaving to join the Army at the onset of World War II.

After the war, Erskine worked for the Firestone tire company in Liberia and the United States, while also pursuing an acting career. He appeared in more than 75 films, and also in TV and stage productions. His deeply chiseled features made him a natural for frequent performances as Abraham Lincoln, including once in a 1950s " Alcoa Hour" show. A favorite Erskine story was of his narrow loss of the lead in a play to a scene-stealing Charlton Heston. "He wouldn't just walk down the stairs - he'd leap," Erskine told a Newsday reporter.Erskine is survived by a sister, Alison Farrar of Lyme, N.H., and three generations of nieces and nephews. The 11 a.m. memorial service is scheduled at St. John's Episcopal Church, Cold Spring Harbor, to be followed by a reception.

Information from JOHN HILDEBRAND Newsday

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Campbell gets new commander

The Associated Press: Friday Mar 27, 2009

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, deputy director for regional operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been named the new commanding general for Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division.

The military announced the assignment Friday, but it will likely be months before he officially takes command of the installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

Campbell will replace Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, who is the commander of U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Read the whole story

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Campbell reaches out to families about suicides

By Kristin M. Hall - The Associated Press Thursday Mar 12, 2009

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Fort Campbell officials struggling to stem a recent increase in military suicides hope family members will be able to spot signs that soldiers may be depressed and hesitant to seek help from the Army.

Of the 100 family members and spouses at a meeting at the post Thursday, more than a dozen raised their hands when asked if they knew someone who had committed suicide. Those family members — often the first to notice problems — received information and training on recognizing signs of suicidal thoughts — and how to get help for the soldiers at the installation along the Tennessee state line.
Read the whole story in the Army Times

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Caring for Veterans?

By Rick Maze - Staff writer Army Times Mar 9, 2009
Major veterans and military groups don't like the Obama administration’s proposal to raise money for the 2010 VA Budget by billing veterans’ private health insurance for some of the cost of treating service-connected injuries, illnesses and disease.
Read the whole story Vets slam VA’s private insurance idea

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Currahees Head Home

The first 506th Infantry Regiment redeployment flight from Afghanistan landed in CONUS on 28 February, at about 0940 to a roaring celebration of Currahee family and friends. All returning troops will go undergo a seven day reintegration period and then be sent on leave. Soldiers from our Regiment will continue to redeploy throughout the month of March.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Battlin’ Bastards of Bravo

B Company 1/506 1969-1970 News from "Baron" and "Jockstrap". Hopefully, you have had a chance to read the January 2009 Currahee Newsletter and see the invitation to Fort Campbell Reunion by the current active duty.

Last year at our first Reunion, WE HAD A BALL! And this year, we already have more confirmed attendees than last year. Updated information about the Association reunion can be found on the 506th Association's web site. Company B has decided to stay at a different hotel (more amenities but more expensive) within 2 miles of the Association hotel. Stay where you want to, BUT COME TO FT. CAMPBELL, May 27-30 (or any part of that time)

Our attendance roster as of 1 March is:

Name Platoon Comments
Arlie Enis HQ CO
Harold Ericksen HQ CO “Viking”
Lee Sullivan HQ CO “Baron”
Herb Nellen HQ
Pete Falco 1st Plt Ldr “Jockstrap”
Pete Ancona 1st “Brooklyn”
Hank Bow 1st “Hound dog”
Sam Brown 1st
Bob Haberle 1st “Ragman”
Mike Galvin 1st
Danny Mitchell 1st “Mad dog”
Mike Steuhm 1st “Head Beagle”
Mike Turner 1st “White Winged Warrior”
Giz Wyman 1st
Ed McCrystal 2nd Plt Ldr “Bluechip”
Mike Bookser 2nd “2 Mike Mike”
Rick Farris 2nd
Frank Foronda 2nd “Walrus”
Marcos Gomez 2nd
(Rebecca) Harshman 2nd (“Sgt Rock” Russ' wife)
Chuck Choney 3rd Plt Ldr “Commanche”
Gerry Hoffman 3rd

The Company B website has more info about our plans, but the short version is;

26/27 May (Tues/Wed); Initial arrivals, EVERYONE INVITED!
28 May (Thurs); Welcome ceremony @ Ft. Campbell (Static displays, tours, BBQ, evening concert)

29 May (Fri); Golf, Memorial service run by 506th Association (daytime)
Company B “dinner/social” (just us!) (evening)

30 May (Sat); 506th Regimental ball in Nashville, TN (evening)
Company B “get-together” at the hotel (evening, til ?)

31 May (Sun); Brunch and last one out, shut the lights until REUNION III

If you have questions, we have answers!
B Company 1/506 Reunion II committee,
Lee Sullivan
Pete Falco
Mike Bookser


Monday, February 23, 2009

Charlie Company, 1st Bn / Currahee Rendezvous 2009

This message was sent out earlier today by email to Currahees of Charlie Company, 1st Bn regarding the upcoming Currahee Rendezvous 2009 [May 28 - 30]:

My Fellow Currahees:
By now you all had a chance to read the January 2009 Currahee Newsletter and see the invite to Fort Campbell by the current active duty.
So, am I going to see you in May or not??? Updated information about it can be found up on the 506th Association's web site at Reunion information where you will find hotel info, schedule of events, maps and directions.
I've been in contact with some of the guys and below is a list of them and their response about attending:
Bowman, Larry3rd Will Be There
Wisenski, Joe3rd Will Be There
Marini, Mike (Doc)3rd Will Try
Cress, Mike3rd Will Be There
Hoag, Kevin3rd Will Be There
Howard, Tex3rd Will Be There
Butler, Jim3rd Will Try
Canter, Dave1st Will Be There
Zeyen, Joe3rd Will Be There
Pace, Bill2ndWill Be There
Miller, Nick (Doc)2ndWill Try
Barnum, Bill2ndWill Try
Lamb, Charlie3rd Will Be There
Romans, Gary3rd Will Be There
Worrell, Kyle2ndWill Be There
Bickerton, Brise1st I Not Know Yet
Keilholtz, Wayne3rd I Not Know Yet
Becker, AllanCOI Not Know Yet
Brewer, DennisCO Will be away in May.
HEY! Let's hear from more of you guys who served in the other Platoon, we do not want this to be just a gathering of 3rd Platoon Currahee.
Let me hear from more of you. Let's use this as a opportunity to reconnect once again with those whom you shared so much [water, c-rations and sometimes a foxhole.]
So long for now.
Gene Overton - [C 1/506th - 1967 / 1968]
Squad Leader - 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon
PLT SGT - 3rd Platoon

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Young racer screams around track in honor of 101st

Jan 16, 2009 BY Nondice Powell -- Fort Campbell Courier
12-year-old Travis Benson poses for photographs after an Aug. 2, 2008 win at Houston MotorSports Park. Benson drives the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) themed Bandolero car in honor of his Grandfather Rondal Bensons. His grandfather served as a Screaming Eagle from 1958 to 1959. Photo by courtesy photo

A little camouflage car with the 101st Airborne Division patch screams around the track, leaving competitors fighting to keep up. Behind the wheel of this Bandolero car is 12-year-old Travis Benson.

Travis and his father Dale Benson decided to adorn his car in camouflage and with the Screaming Eagle to honor Ronald Benson, Travis' grandfather and Dale's dad, for his service. Ronald served as an infantry Soldier with the 101st from 1958 to 1959. He was drafted in 1957.

"I was a machine gunner with Company C 506 Battle Group," said Ronald. "I thought it was great."

Dale grew up listening to stories of his father's time with the 101st and watching John Wayne Army movies. He wanted to do something while his father is still alive to pay tribute and to thank someone he feels is a great man.
Read the whole story.

Ripcord Author Dies

Keith William Nolan died on February 19, 2009 of cancer, he was 44 years old. Keith Nolan is the author of the book "Ripcord, Screaming Eagles Under Seige, Vietnam 1970" an American military historian he focused on the various campaigns of the Vietnam War. He was born in Webster Groves, Missouri; his father was a junior college history instructor who was also a Marine veteran. Nolan obtained a history degree from Webster University.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fort Campbell to get more than $100 million

The Associated Press
Friday Feb 20, 2009

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Military officials say Fort Campbell will receive $103 million from President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package.

Fort Campbell’s director of public works, Ted Reese, says $43 million of the money will go toward completing a facility to aid soldiers injured in combat.

Reese says another $60 million will be used to replace World War II-era buildings on the sprawling military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

The announcement came Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new wounded soldiers assistance center at the military post.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Joint Chiefs chairman to visit Fort Campbell

The Associated Press
Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is making his first visit to Fort Campbell this week.

Adm. Mike Mullen will be at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border on Thursday and Friday to meet with soldiers and attend a groundbreaking.

Mullen will hold a town hall meeting with soldiers on Thursday and headline the groundbreaking for the Soldier and Family Assistance Center on Friday.

Mullen was sworn in as the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2007.

Help for a Wounded Currahee

SPC Ryan Price (D Co, 2nd BN, 506th) was severely wounded on 05/07/08 while serving in Afghanistan. He lost both legs and incurred other injuries. Friends are trying to help the family cover the cost of adding a room for Ryan onto the family home in Nuevo, CA. Help is needed in the following areas:
- donated skilled labor
- donated building materials
- monetary donations
Information on how to donate to this project can be found on the Help for a Wounded Soldier web page.

Ex-inmate turned al-Qaida leader surrenders

By Ahmed Al-Haj - The Associated Press
Tuesday Feb 17, 2009

SAN’A, Yemen — A former Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee who later went to Yemen to become an al-Qaida field commander has surrendered and was handed over to Saudi authorities on Tuesday, Yemen’s Interior Ministry said.

Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi was one of two Saudi ex-Guantanamo detainees who re-emerged as al-Qaida operatives last month in a militant video released a day after President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the closure of the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba within a year. Saudi Arabia also named al-Oufi on a recently released list of 85 most-wanted men who had fled abroad.
Read the whole story

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Alleged Army faker to retire from college post

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Feb 13, 2009 21:57:57 EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. — An administrator at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale who is accused of lying about his military record will retire next month.

The university said in a statement Friday that Jim Scales cited health and personal reasons for his March 1 departure as the school’s director of career services.

Scales is accused of falsely claiming he completed two tours in Vietnam and served in Bosnia, Honduras, Panama, the Persian Gulf and Iraq while in the Army. He also reportedly said he received three Purple Hearts.

Army Human Resources Command says none of those claims is true. Lying about receiving certain military awards is a federal offense.

Scales told the university he plans to use vacation days and won’t return to work.
Link to Previous Post Stolen Valor

Friday, February 13, 2009

First Tomb Badge recipient laid to rest

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Feb. 11, 2009) -- The first recipient of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guard Identification Badge was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, a mere hundred yards south of the tomb he guarded in life.

Retired Master Sgt. William Daniel served as a tomb sentinel and sergeant of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from February 1957 to June 1960. He was there May 30, 1958, when the unknowns from World War II and the Korean War were interred there.
Read the whole story.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

1st LT Brian Brennan to be honored

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 16 in Monmouth Freehold, New Jersey are recognizing Currahee 1st LT. Brian Brennan as Irishman of the Year. LT Brennan D 2/506 was severely injured on May 7, 2008 from an IED attack, while leading a patrol in Sabari District, Khost, Afghanistan.

LT Brennan had been in Afghanistan for only two months when an IED exploded under the Humvee that he and four other men were traveling in. Brian and the gunner, Spc. Ryan Price of California, were the only ones to survive. However, they suffered similar fates.

LT Brennan was found in cardiac arrest. If not for the quick response of his fellow soldiers, his story might have a different ending. LT Brennan was transferred to a field hospital, where it was found that he had sustained an acute brain injury, a collapsed lung, internal bleeding, a ruptured spleen, multiple compound fractures of his left arm, and a shattered femur bone. In addition, both of Brian’s legs had to be amputated.

The event is to be held Saturday February 28, 2009 7-11pm at St Thomas More Parish Hall, 186 Gordons Corner Road Manalapan NJ. For information and tickets Call
732-740-6821 – 732-740-3175 For more information on LT Brennan visit 1st LT Brian Brennan Stands Alone Trust
Read more about LT. Brennan inthe Charleston News

Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving. Read More...

Read more about The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

Plan for hiring vets tacked on stimulus bill

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Feb 6, 2009 17:35:47 EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An amendment worked into the national economic stimulus bill would expand tax incentives to employers who hire veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said the measure is needed because the current generation of soldiers and sailors are returning home after military discharge to find a shrinking work force.

The amendment was approved Friday as the Senate worked on the recovery package. The measure would apply to veterans who are discharged from September 2001 through December 2010.

To qualify for the tax credit, employers would need to hire a post-9/11 veteran who has received unemployment benefits for at least four weeks within the past year. The veteran would need to work at least 120 hours for the employer to be eligible.

Friday, February 6, 2009

$3.6 billion hike urged for VA health care

By Rick Maze - Staff writer Army Times
Posted : Friday Feb 6, 2009 15:11:06 EST

Four leading veterans groups called Friday for a $4.5 billion increase in veterans programs, including $3.6 billion for health care.

This is an even bigger increase than the groups asked for a year ago, and puts added pressure on President Barack Obama to keep campaign promises for full funding of Veterans Affairs Department programs.

The increase, which would result in a $54.6 billion discretionary VA budget, comes in the so-called “independent budget” prepared each year by AmVets, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The $54.6 billion budget includes health care, administrative and construction funds and some costs related to the administration of benefits, but not the costs of the benefits themselves.
Read the whole story.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Stolen Valor

A Southern Illinois University administrator who told the student newspaper vivid stories of his heroism during the Vietnam War has been accused of lying about his military record. - St. Louis By Jim Suhr - The Associated PressPosted
Link to follow up story

Monday, February 2, 2009

Currahee Funeral

CPL Charles P. Gaffney, 2/506, who was killed in Afghanistan on 24 Dec 2008, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tues, 3 Feb. His funeral will be in the Old Chapel of Ft. Myer beginning at 8:45 AM. More information about him and his service is at the Arlington National Cemetery web site

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Army orders recall of body armor

By Richard Lardner - The Associated PressPosted : Thursday Jan 29, 2009 6:02:11 EST

WASHINGTON — Army Secretary Pete Geren has ordered the recall of more than 16,000 sets of body armor following an audit that concluded the bullet-blocking plates in the vests failed testing and may not provide soldiers with adequate protection.
The audit by the office of the Defense Department inspector general, not yet made public but obtained by The Associated Press, faults the Army for flawed testing procedures before awarding a contract for the armor.
View entire article in Army Times

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Open Forum

Until we get the authors set up to drive the content of the Currahee Blog leave a comment to this post to get things going. You will have to be registered with Google or one of the OpenID accounts.

Currahees in the VFW Magazine

The February 2009 issue of the VFW Magazine has an article titled "1970 When the War Was Won". The article gives a recap of the year and particularly talks about fire base actions. Several Currahees were mentioned including Kenny Kays (MOH) and Ken David (DSC) D 1/506 and Mike Bookser B 1/506. C 1/506 action on FSB Granite on March 20, 1970 and D 1/506 action at FSB Maureen were mentioned also.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

LTG Elvy Roberts 1st Airborne Battle Group

LTC William L. Schwartz (Ret) reported LTG Elvy Roberts, now deceased, commanded the 1st Airborne Battle Group 506 Inf, 101st Abn Div, back in 1961-2. LTG Roberts, who graduated from West Point in January 1943, jumped into Normandy and Holland with the 101st. Schwartz served under then COL Roberts when he was with the 506th and two times later in his career.

LTC Schwartz thought it might be of interest to fellow Currahees to know that LTG Roberts' grandson, Jake Roberts, was recently awarded, and accepted, an appointment to the US Military Academy Class of 2013. Jake's younger brother Pierce, is a candidate for the Class of 2014.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pentagon: PTSD does not warrant Purple Heart

Ruling calls disorder ‘not a wound,’ but a ‘secondary effect’

The Pentagon has decided it will not award the Purple Heart to troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The decision, reached Nov. 3 but not made public until now, followed months of review by military and outside officials that was spurred when Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked at a May news conference whether he would support awarding the Purple Heart to PTSD victims.

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer Army Times
Posted : Saturday Jan 17, 2009 7:57:41 EST

Currahee Rendezvous 2009 Update

The 2009 Reunion is just around the corner. Take a look at the current schedule of events direct from Task Force Currahee HQ. Currahee Rendezvous Schedule

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reunion Hotel Accommodations

Currahee Rendezvous 2009Thursday, May 28 to Saturday, May 30, 2009Fort Campbell, KY and Nashville, TN

Hotel Accommodations

Due to the large number of Currahee veterans expected to attend the Rendezvous, the 506th Association has secured blocks of rooms in two Clarksville, TN hotels, located next to each other.
Both hotels are near over 35 restaurants and a Mall.

Comfort Inn - North111 Westfield Drive, I-24 exit 4Clarksville, TN, US, 37040

The Home-Towne Suites (click on Suite Tour to see photos of the rooms)129 Westfield Court Clarksville, TN 37040

Special Rendezvous group room rates in each of the hotels are:$65.00 + 14.5% Tax =$74.43This rate is in effect May 27-31, 2009.

Room Reservations:The phone number 931-647-6144 can be used to make a reservation at either hotel.Use the Group Reservation Name: 506th Association

NOTE#1: headquarters for the 506th Association will include a Hospitality Room, Historical Displays, and Quartermaster Sales. These rooms will be located in the 4th BCT, 506th Infantry area at Fort Campbell. Exact location TBD, and a map will be posted on the Association web site.

NOTE#2: civilian visitors must first register their cars at Gate 4 before being allowed into Fort Campbell. Items required for registration include a valid drivers license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance (or rental car agreement).
After registration, use Gate 7 to get to the 4th BCT, 506th Infantry area of Fort Campbell.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


COL John "Pete" Johnson, Commander of The 506th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force Currahee would like every Currahee Gold Star Family member to be able to read the attached letter. If you know of a Currahee Gold Star Family make sure they get a copy of this letter. Click this link Letter from COL Johnson

Currahee Rendezvous 2009

No this is not another reunion, nor is it just a gathering of veterans. This is something very special and will be remembered for its unique approach to the homecoming of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 506th Infantry Regiment. Our regiment is currently deployed to Afghanistan and COL Pete Johnson, Regimental Commander, has decided to have a three day celebration when the troops return to Fort Campbell. Plans are now being made and YOU are invited. That is correct, all 506th Veterans are invited to attend CURRAHEE RENDEZVOUS 2009. Although the Currahees will return to CONUS in late winter or early spring, in order to allow for block leave and event planning, the Rendezvous is scheduled for May 28, 29, 30, 2009.

Visit the 506th Infantry Association website for more information. But while you are here, leave a note, are you going?

$500 College Scholarship To Be Offered

The Association is now accepting applications for our 2009 College Scholarship. This year the Scholarship Committee will be able to award at least one $500 scholarship due to the generous donations from our membership. Click this link Scholarship Fund for information on how to apply. Items one thru six, in the link, detail the application procedure while items seven thru thirteen explain the selection process. Applicants are reminded to include their mailing address, phone number, and email address with their application. In addition, items that are sent with the application cannot be returned. Do not send original documentation as photo copies of important papers will be accepted. Questions may be directed to me at the email address listed below. Alfred May Scholarship Committee Chairman

Saturday, January 3, 2009


As you can see we are going to try something new for the 506th Association web page. Our forum worked well but about a year ago we began having significant problems with corruption, hacking or spam being added to the content. Due to the amount of problems we discontinued the board, until now. Jump on, leave your thoughts, or ask questions. Let's see if we can have this blog reach the popularity of the old forum. I will be tweaking this as we go along, if you have suggestions drop me a line and let me know how I can make this work. Remember, I went through Basic when we still had KP so go slow. Good Luck and have a Happy New Year!