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The US Military Presence in Northern Ireland during the Second World War

Friday 29 September 2017 to Sunday 1 October 2017

A conference hosted by The US Rangers Museum, Carrickfergus and Northern Ireland War Memorial, Belfast on 29 September– 1 October 2017.

Featuring renowned and influential speakers from across the UK and the United States, this three day event seeks to explore the history of the GIs’ time in the province. This will include their preparation for deployment for the Allied counter-attacks in Europe and North Africa, as well as an investigation of aspects of the US presence that have been underrepresented in Northern Irish history. A field trip to visit some of the sites associated with the US presence is also included.

The conference is intended to appeal to those with general as well as specific interests in this aspect of our shared history.

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Conference Schedule:

Friday 29 September Northern Ireland War Memorial, 21 Talbot St, Belfast, BT1 2LD

10.30am Registration, tea and coffee
11am Welcome
11.10am Ian Montgomery, PRONI (retired)
Researching the US military presence in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
11.35am Dr Orla Fitzpatrick, National Museum of Ireland
Pocket Guide to Northern Ireland
12.05pm Dr Susan Kelly
US75 oral history project
12.30pm Panel discussion
1pm Lunch
Sandwich lunch provided
1.45pm Alan Freeburn, NIWM
US servicemen and violent crime in wartime Ulster
2.10pm Simon Topping, University of Plymouth
African American GIs in Northern Ireland during the Second World War
2.35pm Dr Leanne McCormick, Ulster University
One Yank and they’re off: Interaction between US troops and Northern Irish women during World War Two
3pm Panel discussion
3.30pm Closing remarks.
Everyone invited to join us in the Duke of York Bar, Commercial Court, Belfast

Saturday 30 September US Rangers Museum, 2 Boneybefore, Carrickfergus, BT38 7EQ

9.30am Walking Tour of Historic Carrickfergus
12.30pm Lunch
Sandwich lunch provided

Welcome address by Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Rev. Paul Reid; and,

Mary Pat Kelly
Insights into my twenty-five years involvement in the in the story of the “Yanks In Ireland”. The presentation will feature clips from Kelly’s award-winning documentary film, Home Away From Home: The Yanks In Ireland with Walter Cronkite

1.10pm Major Larry Moores
The Ranger Legacy and Brotherhood​
1.35pm Mir Bahmanyar, Ranger Historian
US Ranger Operational Adjustments from Raiding to Spearheading Invasions
2pm Dr David Strachan-Morris, University of Leicester
US Marines and raider/commando warfare (tbc)​
2.25pm Break – refreshments
3.05pm Ian Henderson
Time Spent in Northern Ireland by US Troops – time well spent? Lessons from the 34th US Infantry Division after Operation Torch
3.30pm Dr James O’Neill, Ulidia Heritage Services
Still over here: the archaeology of the United State military in Northern Ireland, 1941-45
3.55pm Panel Discussion
4.30pm Closing Remarks by Scott Billingslea, International Director of the US Ranger Association
Delegates will be bused to Carrickfergus Town Hall for evening reception with buffet dinner, drinks and entertainment

Sunday 1 October:

Delegates are invited to join us for a fascinating guided bus tour visiting sites associated with the US presence in Northern Ireland. Details to follow.

Programme may be subject to change

Image credit: US Army Signal Corps