Airborne Memorial Monument
Camp Toccoa, GA


Front of Monument
photo by Ronald Helwig (B Co, 1st ABN BG, 1960-1962)

Front of the Airborne Memorial Monument on Old Highway 123 just outside the old main gate to Camp Toccoa, GA, at Currahee Mountain: this monument was built on the concrete pad where a WWI Whippet tank used to sit and was dedicated at a Camp Toccoa Reunion in 1990 in an event sponsored by The Stephens County Historical Society.

NOTE: according to various tank enthusiasts, the tank was probably a M1917 Fully Tracked Combat Tractor (originally known as the Six-Ton Special Tractor Model 1917, the U.S. version of the Renault FT-17). This vehicle equipped the U.S. Army from just after WWI until the late 1930s; it was used by MAJ George S. Patton in Washington, DC. against the 1932 Bonus Army.





Back of Monument
photo by Joe Rice

Back of the Camp Toccoa Airborne Memorial Monument.

IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO TRAINED HERE

506th PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT
501st PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT
511th PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT
517th PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT
457th PARACHUTE FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

  KIA MIA WOUNDED
506

509

305

1735
501

517

319

1639
511

211

10

960
517

217
 

1178



Installing Flag Pole
photo by Lamar Davis, Stephens County Historical Society
On April 26, 2002, a 25-foot aluminum flag pole was installed at the monument.
When Richard D. Winters (E/HQ, 2nd BN, 506th PIR, 1942-1945) was told about
the new flag at the monument, he responded, "In my lifetime we have raised a flag
on the North Pole, the South Pole, the Moon, and Iwo Jima, but none of the above
is more important to me than the one you raised at Camp Toccoa."



Memorial Walk
photo from Cynthia Brown, Toccoa Chamber of Commerce
Around the flag pole was created an Camp Toccoa Memorial Walk
with four monuments
, one for each of the Parachute Infantry Regiments
that were organized and trained at Camp Toccoa during WWII:
506th PIR, 501st PIR, 511th PIR, and 517th PIR.



Dedication Plaque
photo from Cynthia Brown, Toccoa Chamber of Commerce

Dedication Plaque



506th PIR Monument
photo by Peggy Pearson

506th PIR Monument

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. Driving another 200 yards will bring you to the Monument. NOTE: what is left of Camp Toccoa is now on private property, across the road from the monument, and cannot be accessed without permission from the property owners.





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