|The 506th PIR was activated on July 20, 1942. Prior to that
date, a small cadre of officers
and non-commissioned officers were quartered in a wall tent area. These men had already
been through infantry and jump training and assisted COL Robert E. Sink in forming and
training the 506th PIR. The first two photos are from the first officer qualifying jump from
Outside the C-47 are 9 of the Currahees who made the jump
(the 10th took the photo).
|The first qualifying jumps were made from Camp Toccoa
until one of the C-47's went
off the side of the runway during take-off. While there are other versions of the story,
the pilot told the Department of the Army that the runway at Toccoa was too short,
so the remainder of the officer jump training was moved to Fort Benning, GA.