Currahee Mountain
Camp Toccoa, GA


Currahee Mountain Post Card
postcard from LTC Trevor J. Bredenkamp
(A Co, 1st BN, Commander and Unit Historian, ROK, 1998-1999)

The text on this 1942 postcard reads:
THE CURRAHEE MOUNTAIN, ALTITUDE 1900 FEET; ON U.S. HIGHWAY NO. 123 NEAR TOCCOA, GA


Currahee Mountain, June 2000
June 2000 photo by Peggy Pearson

The 506th traces its ancestry back to July 1942, when it was activated at Camp Toombs, Toccoa, GA, under the command of Colonel Robert F. Sink, who later retired as a Lieutenant General. Colonel Sink trained the men in these northeastern Georgia hills, putting them through one of the roughest physical training programs in the Army. Here the men worked a 12-hour day, doing push-ups, pull-ups, squat jumps, and various other exercises designed to strengthen arms and legs, and increase overall endurance.

As part of their physical training, the men ran daily to the top of Currahee Mountain, and then made long forced marches at night, or negotiated a night compass course. Here, also, the men were to go through the roughest obstacle course in the United States Army.

In addition to the rough physical training, the men also completed the "A" Stage training for jump school. Here they became potential paratroopers, undergoing various ground training, including much work in the 34-foot tower.

In November 1942, with the "A" Stage training behind them, the 506th was ordered to Fort Benning, GA, for parachute training. The 1st Battalion moved by train from Camp Toccoa to Fort Benning. The 2nd Battalion marched from Camp Toccoa to Atlanta, GA, a distance of 115 miles, where they boarded trains for the remainder of the trip. The 3rd Battalion traveled to Atlanta by rail, and then marched the remaining 136 miles to Benning, thus setting a new world's record for an endurance march, previously held by the Japanese Army. The crew-served weapons were passed from man to man in order to equally distribute the load during the long march.



Top of Currahee Mountain
June 2000 photo by Hoyt Bruce Moore, III (A Co, 1st BN, 1970-1971)

View from the top of Currahee Mountain, looking eastward



Currahee Mountain Marker
photo by Ronald Helwig (B Co, 1st ABN BG, 1960-1962)

National Geodetic Survey Marker at the top of Currahee Mountain



Historical Sign
photo from Lamar Davis of The Stephens County Historical Society

Historical sign installed May 2002 near the Jeanette Jamison Intersection of State Highway
365 and State Highway 184, as the result of efforts of Georgia State Representative Jeanette
Jamison and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
A steep three-mile unpaved U.S. Forest Service road leads to the top of Currahee Mountain. To reach this road from the town of Toccoa, GA, take Highway 123 South about four miles to Jeanette Jamison Intersection, which is the intersection of Highway 123 with Highways 17 and 365. At this intersection, do not turn right on Highway 123; instead, go straight across onto Highway 184. After about 500 yards, Highway 184 turns left, but, once again, stay straight, driving onto Dick's Hill Parkway (known locally as Old Highway 123). Travel about two miles to get to the COL Robert F. Sink Memorial Trail roadside marker at the bottom of the road that leads to the top of the mountain.



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506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association (Airmobile - Air Assault)
This page updated 04/06/13