Media reports indicate that the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, the “Currahees” that trace their lineage to Toccoa and the “Band of Brothers” is being decommissioned earlier than first planned.
According to an Associated Press report, 140 soldiers from the “Currahees” returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky from their final deployment to Afghanistan last week.
That report indicated that the “Currahees” are one of 10 brigade combat teams set for decommissioning by the Army.
It also stated that the Army announced recently that the shutdown process for those teams was being moved up to 2015 from 2017 because of budget cuts.
Stephens County Historical Society Executive Director Brenda Carlan said that regardless of what happens to the unit, the legacy of the “Currahees” will live on.
“The ‘Currahees’ will not go away,” said Carlan. “Here in Toccoa, this is what we are doing, trying to keep the legacy of the ‘Currahees’ alive.
She added it would still be present at Fort Campbell as well.
“If you ever have the opportunity to go, everywhere you look you are going to be reminded of the ‘Currahees,’ said Carlan. “The streets are and will remain named after Currahee and Toccoa and different things, things they tie into their history and that would be the history that goes back to the training of the 506th here for World War II.”
Members of the 4th Brigade Combat team have been to Toccoa multiple times, coming from Fort Campbell to run Currahee Mountain and trace the footsteps of those who served in the unit before them.
The 4th Brigade Combat Team traces its lineage to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was formed in 1942 at Camp Toccoa, where it trained for World War II.