Belfast Telegraph

City marking anniversary of first American soldiers in NI

By Rebecca Black

Events are set to take place today to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first American forces in Northern Ireland ahead of the big push which ended the Second World War.

Crowds and television cameras flocked to Belfast's Pollock Dock on January 26, 1942 and the band of the Royal Ulster Rifles struck up the Star Bangled Banner to welcome the first tender ships from convoy transports Strathaird and Chateau Thierry.

At nearby Dufferin Dock, Private Milburn Henke from Minnesota was the first American GI to set foot on Belfast soil.

As he came ashore he was met with reporters all keen to record the historic moment. He became famous across the world, particularly in terms of the love story between him and his girlfriend.

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