10th Infantry Regiment

10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division of the United States Army had bases in Co. Down including the towns of Newcastle, Rostrevor, and Kilkeel.

10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, United States Army arrived in Northern Ireland in 1943. On 16th October 1943, they established a regimental base at Killymoon Castle, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone where they remained briefly.

By late October 1943, 10th Infantry Regiment was scattered across coastal Co. Down. They had bases at Ballyedmund Castle, Rostrevor, Co. Down as well as in the towns of Kilkeel, Co. Down, and Newcastle, Co. Down. During their time in Ulster, Regimental inspections took place under several high profile visitors including General George S. Patton.

On 17th May 1944, Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower touched down at Greencastle Airfield, Kilkeel, Co. Down. There, Eisenhower met with General Stafford LeRoy Irwin and inspected troops of 10th Infantry Regiment and Divisional Artillery. A document by Lieutenant Colonel James Gault referred to the inspection:

This was a very impressive ceremony. It would be difficult to see a more uniformly well-turned out and fit looking body of men.

10th Infantry Regiment remained in Northern Ireland until 6th or 7th July 1944 when they departed from Belfast for Normandy a month after the D-Day Landings of 6th June 1944.

US Army Camp at Ballyedmund, Co. Down

Newry and Mourne Museum Photo: United States Army Nissen Huts at a training camp in the gounds of Ballyedmund Castle, Rostrevor, Co. Down. This camp housed troops of 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, United States Army in 1943-1944. Copyright Newry and Mourne Museum.

Bases in Northern Ireland

Start Date End Date Unit Location
16th October 1943 10th Infantry Regiment Killymoon Castle, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Late October 1943 Part of 10th Infantry Regiment Ballyedmund Castle, Rostrevor, Co. Down
Late October 1943 Part of 10th Infantry Regiment Kilkeel, Co. Down
Late October 1943 Part of 10th Infantry Regiment Newcastle, Co. Down

10th Infantry Regiment in Northern Ireland

Carmine S. D’Aniello

Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Carmine S. D'Aniello posthumously received several top military awards from the US Army in 2020. He served in Northern Ireland in 1943-1944.

References

US Army