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Before D-Day

506th Parachute Infantry Regiment









Distinctive insignia

  • 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.

  • Symbolism:

    • 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)
  •  Ardennes-Alsace
  • 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