506TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
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 (Taccoa, 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."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment on 20 Apr 1943. It was redesignated and amended for the 506th Airborne Infantry on 18 Mar 1949. On 27 Feb 1958 the insignia was redesignated for the 506th Infantry.





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