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101st Airborne Division Soldiers to Commemorate “Hamburger Hill” 50th Anniversary with 31.87-mile Run / Walk

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, several hundred active-duty 101st Airborne Division Soldiers will be joined by almost 80 Vietnam-era U.S. Army Veterans for a 31.87-mile ultramarathon at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as part of their commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

This week marks 50 years since the frontal assault on Hill 937, Dong Ap Bia, Vietnam. The ten-day engagement, more commonly referred to as Hamburger Hill, was fought by U.S. Army Soldiers, including those from the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Marines and the South Vietnamese military.

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101st Airborne Division invites community to help celebrate Anniversary of “Hamburger Hill” with 31.87 mile race, Memorial Ceremony

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – Third Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will honor the 49th Anniversary of the historic Dong Ap Bia or “Hamburger Hill” battle in Vietnam, May 15th-17th, 2018.

The kick-off event will be a 31.87-mile walk / run / road march competition featuring Soldiers, Veterans, and community members. All members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the race and the finish-line party.

49th Anniversary of “Hamburger Hill” memorial ceremony kicks off May 15th with Iron Warrior Challenge, a 31.87 Mile race on foot.

49th Anniversary of “Hamburger Hill” memorial ceremony kicks off May 15th with Iron Warrior Challenge, a 31.87 Mile race on foot.

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101st Airborne Division unit completes transformation as history comes full circle

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), added to its distinguished history with the formal recognition of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” in a ceremony held at Fort Campbell May 14th.

“Both our Soldiers, our Families and our Veterans from the White Currahee nation are extremely honored to come back to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team,” said Lt. Col. Scott Kirkpatrick, commander, 2nd Bn, 506th Inf. Rgt. “It’s about two storied organizations, the Currahees and the Rakkasans, coming together to make a legendary one.”

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "White Currahee" to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division.

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division.

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Hamburger Hill Veterans return to Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Dozens of Vietnam-era, 101st Airborne Division Veterans will return to Fort Campbell May 8th-9th to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

The 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Iron Rakkasans” will welcome the Veterans back to Fort Campbell and will host several events in their honor.

On May 8th, two generations of Rakkasan warfighters will watch a screening of the movie Hamburger Hill together on Fort Campbell followed by a private tour and capabilities demonstration for the Vietnam-era “Iron Rakkasans.”

Hamburger Hill Veterans listen to the Air Assault instructor during their tour of the facilities at last years event..

Hamburger Hill Veterans listen to the Air Assault instructor during their tour of the facilities at last years event..

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“Band of Brothers” war dead memorial to be dedicated in November

 

A final $48,000 needs to be raised to complete the engraving of the names of the war dead on the back of the stones. Donation information included.

curraheeA long-anticipated memorial to fallen American soldiers is fast becoming a reality. The famed 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the US Army will hold a formal dedication for its new memorial to soldiers of the regiment killed in action in four wars.

According to LTC David Womack, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Regiment, “The memorial has come to symbolize the strong bonds that unite the Currahees across generations and wars.” He said, “Those bonds – founded in pride, commitment and shared experience – explain the esprit de corps that is legendary in the 506th, and which is demonstrated in the success of this project.”

The dedication ceremony will take place on November 12, 2009 – the day after Veteran’s Day — in the 506th regimental area at Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is the home of the renowned 101st Airborne Division, parent unit of the 506th for much of its history.

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A Panorama of the Memorial

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