On 26th January 1942, the first elements of the United States Army arrived in Northern Ireland, beginning their time in the European Theatre of Operations.
On 26th January 1942, elements of the United States Army began to arrive at Belfast Docks in Northern Ireland marking their entry into the war in Europe.
In January 1942, elements of the United States Army crossed the Atlantic Ocean arriving in Northern Ireland and beginning a "friendly invasion" of Ulster.
Before the arrival of the American Expeditionary Force in Ulster, soldiers of the British Army helped set up camps for their new Ally in the war in Europe.
Following the arrival of the first elements of the U.S. Army in Belfast in January 1942, Prime Minister Mr. John Miller Andrews issued an official welcome.
On 26th January 1943, the Duke of Abercorn (Governor of Northern Ireland) unveiled a commemorative stone that still stands in the grounds of City Hall, Belfast.
On 26th January 1943, Right Honourable Sir James Grigg K.C.B., K.C.S.I, P.C. (Secretary of State for War) continued a short visit to Northern Ireland's army bases.