Currahee Military Museum – Taccoa GA

by | Oct 24, 2020

I had the fortunate opportunity to tour the Currahee Military Museum located in historic Toccoa, Georgia. This has been a bucket list stop for some time. I’m a huge fan of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and have wanted to visit Taccoa to learn more about these true heroes who served in World War II, giving so much for the freedom we all experience today.

The Currahee Military Museum

Camp Toccoa was a remote training camp located at the base of Currahee Mountain to train the first paratroopers to serve in World War II. Throughout the course of the war, 17,000 soldiers would train at the camp. An interesting fact is the origination of the Currahee theme that was embraced by the soldiers. Currahee Mountain rises sharply at 800 feet with a 3 mile road leading to the peak. The soldiers would train by running to the top and back and Currahee became the motto of the paratroopers who trained here.

The museum contains a large amount of personal items donated by many of the families of the men who trained at Camp Toccoa. One of the most interesting displays is the horse barn where many of the paratroopers lived in England. The barn was disassembled and brought to the museum. Reassemble and stocked and is now the many historical items from those who served in World War II.

One of the most inspiring displays is the wall of metals and ribbons presented to those who trained and later fought in the war. It’s hard to place in words, the extraordinary accomplishments these true heroes made as they fought for the freedom for so many generations to follow.

Camp Taccoa and Currahee Mountain.

For this trip, time didn’t allow me to hike to the top of Currahee Mountain, but it’s definitely on the list when we return to the North Georgia Foothills. With the current Covid 19 restrictions, Camp Taccoa was open only on Saturdays and Sundays, and we were not able to visit the restore barracks and other items of interest.

A Visit to Remember

If you have the opportunity to visit the North Georgia area, the museum is one of those locations to experience, learn and honor so many who served our country.

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Currahee Military Museum

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