The distinctive insignia is the Regiment Motto and the Shield from the Coat of Arms.
Currahee Mountain represents the foundation of the 506th's training. It was on this tough, rugged little mountain at Toccoa, GA, that the men of the 506th were sufficiently hardened to enable them to break the world forced march record of 115 miles held by the Japanese Army. The 506th gained nationwide attention for this feat. "Currahee" ( which is the American aboriginal Cherokee Indian equivalent for "Stands Alone") was the cry of the 506th paratroopers as they cleared the door on their first jump, and it continued to be their cry when in combat.