|In late November 1942, with the "A" Stage training behind them, the 506th was ordered to Fort Benning for parachute training. In December, the 3rd Battalion boarded trains for the trip from Camp Toccoa to Atlanta (Fort McPherson), from where they marched for the remainder of the trip to Benning, a distance of 136 miles, setting a new world's record for an endurance march, previously held by the Japanese Army. Regimental Headquarters also marched from Atlanta to Fort Benning with the 3rd Battalion.|
"Approaching our destination the red lights on the jump towers could be easily seen . . . A band was playing as we marched thru the gates of Fort Benning but 2 weary miles still separated us from those beds we were looking forward to so eagerly . . . Curious GIs silently watched us as we shuffled down that last stretch . . . Each halt raised the question, "Is this it?" . . . At long last it was . . . Hot chow was waiting but we were almost too burned out to take advantage of it . . . It must have been good although we couldn't taste it . . . The heat in our bellies was enough . . . Most of us just flopped on the cots and into a well earned sleep, fully dressed.
Dawn---and no reveille. How come? Well, the powers that be had decided to grant us a blanket three day pass. How kind! They wouldn't have to worry about us getting into trouble in town or things of that nature. Especially since we couldn't walk worth a damn. So where did we spend our pass? that's right---in bed. Morpheus was so overworked in those 3 days that he had to hire some help. Only chow could lure us from our blankets and except for a hardy few who did manage to hobble behind the latrines to gaze apprehensively at the jump towers, the surrounding area was totally unexplored. The imminence of jump training was reflected in the large number of conversions and stepped up church attendance."
Text from the Currahee Scrapbook, 506th PIR 20 July 1942 - 4 July 1945