The 506th Regiment has been reactivated. I’d been keeping my fingers crossed on this one ever since the plans to go from three to four brigades per division were announced.
The 506th was among the first to land in Normandy during World War II. The Army deactivated and reactivated the unit several times, sending its soldiers to Korea and Vietnam, where the unit was critical to winning the battles on Hamburger Hill.
1st Sgt. Edward Lawrence, the brigade’s rear detachment commander, said the reactivation brings instant identity to a brigade whose current members have yet to be tested.
“It gives these young soldiers the history that they know about. It gives them something to base all further accomplishments on,” he said.
While long famous for its missions inside the military, little was known about the unit until Stephen E. Ambrose published “Band of Brothers” in 2001. The book was later adapted for an HBO miniseries.
Armchair Generals (okay, Armchair 2nd Lieutenants…) like me eat this sort of stuff up.
Does it matter any to the guys serving in the units? Do they care a whole lot about unit history?