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Sergeant Robert Lange of Wilton Junction, Iowa pitching for the Midwest Giants at a game of baseball in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1942.

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Robert Lange

Sergeant Robert Lange of Wilton, Iowa holds a unique distinction among the many US servicemen who passed through Northern Ireland between 1942 and 1944.

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Baseball in Northern Ireland

By 1942, America had joined World War Two and those men based in Northern Ireland brought some home comforts including the national past time of baseball.

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War Tees Off on the Golf Courses

Northern Ireland has a world-famous relationship with the game of golf and one of today's top superstars reveals he has a passion for World War Two history.

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Orangefield Park, Belfast, Co. Down

Today, not much remains to suggest that Orangefield Park was once a hive of wartime activity. The US Army was based here and the land also held German POWs.

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Activating the US Army Rangers

Sunnylands Camp near Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim was the setting for the activation of William O Darby's 1st Battalion US Army Rangers on 19th June 1942.

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Ormeau Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Ormeau Park is the oldest municipal park in Belfast. Opened in 1871, it became a hive of activity when the US military took over between 1942 and 1943.

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City Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast City Hall opened in 1906 and has come through much in its history. There are several connections with World War Two, many are still standing today.

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William Joseph Devenney

US Army Sergeant William Joseph Devenney was a radio operator on board a B26 Marauder, which crashed on Chimney Rock Mountain, Co. Down on 10th April 1944.

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The Eisenhower Pier, Bangor, Co. Down

General Dwight D Eisenhower, President of the USA visited Bangor on the 18th and 19th May 1944 leading up to D-Day. The northern pier now bears his name.

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US Army segregation in Northern Ireland

During World War Two, over one million black servicemen served in segregated US Army regiments. Many of those men were briefly based in Northern Ireland.

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