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508TH PIR ACCORDED RARE HONOR

Portstewart Cenotaph
honors WWI and WWII veterans and now their "American sons" are included.  A black marble plaque has been added in their memory, 60 years after their departure.


Dedicated To The Men of The 508th Parachute infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
UNITED STATES ARMY
Stationed in "CAMP CROMORE"
9th January - 11th March 1944"
World War II Campaigns
NORMANDY HOLLAND BELGIUM
 

Recently, the Portstewart Royal British Legion, with the help and encouragement of John McCann, author and 508th friend, agreed to place a black marble plaque to commemorate the 508 PIR's war dead and presence in Camp Cromore.

The cenotaph (memorial) stands in Portstewart promenade, Northern Ireland and commemorates its dead of WWI and WWII.  The monument features a life-size statue of a soldier on a tall plinth. It overlooks the harbor and O'Hara's Castle, which was built in 1834 by the Montagu family but is now  a grammar school known as the Dominican College.

Anyone who remembers, or has seen, Capt Bill Nation's 8mm movie film may recall one scene which shows this very memorial and the harbor area.

This was a very rare and special event as British cenotaphs rarely/never commemorate American forces.  Clearly the 508th left a lasting impression on the people of Portstewart!

Click to see Portstewart and Cromore today Click to read 82nd Airborne in Portstewart by Portstewart resident Patrick McLaughlin

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