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War pledge to US Marines is honoured

By Donna Deeney

A promise made to the US Marines who served in Londonderry during the Second World War has at last been fulfilled.

Frederick Simmons made a pledge 75 years ago to display a plaque presented to him by the Officer Commanding, Col Lucian W Burnham. But the plaque was shipped back to America by the Marines' second in command, Lt Col James J Dugan.

Five years ago it was unearthed by his daughter and presented on permanent loan to the Base One Europe, Beech Hill Camp Museum, at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, where it is now on permanent display to mark the 75th anniversary year of the arrival of the US Marines in Londonderry.

Local historian Mark Lusby said: "The original idea was that the plaque was to be placed in the Guildhall, but we felt that it was better placed along with the pictures of the Marines' parade and also the cover of the Belfast Telegraph, so that people can view it in context."

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