506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall a shield blazoned: 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. Attached below the shield a silver motto scroll inscribed "CURRAHEE" in blue letters.
The blue field is for the Infantry, the 506th's arm of the service.
Thunderbolt indicates the regiment's particular threat and technique to attack: striking with speed, power, and surprise from the sky.
Six parachutes represent the fact that the 506th was in the sixth parachute Regiment activated in the U.S. Army, of which, the unit is proud.
- The green silhouette represents the Currahee Mountain -- the site of the regiment's activation (Toccoa, Ga.) -- and symbolizes the organization's strength, independence, and ability to stand alone for which paratroops are renowned. In fact, Currahee is the Cherokee Indian equivalent for "Stands Alone."
- The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment on 20 Apr 1943.
Lineage and Honors
- Constituted 1 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as Company A, 506th Parachute Infantry.
- Activated 20 July 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia.
- (506th Parachute Infantry assigned 1 March 1945 to the 101st Airborne Division)
- Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France.
Campaign participation credit
- Normandy (with arrowhead)
- Rhineland (with arrowhead)
- Central Europe
- Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
- Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE
- French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
- 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
- Netherlands Orange Lanyard