Andrew Sides writes :
I was recently involved in assisting in organising a 'field trip' to Fecarry Range, at Mountfield, near Omagh.
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about Fecarry Range
The range was used by the Americans to train for D Day, as was that whole mountainous area. There were ranges all around Mullaghcarn Mountain (south of Gortin) for practising with anti-tank weapons, mortars, machine guns and rifles.
American GIs were billeted all over Tyrone and indeed Eisenhower and Montgomery
are reputed to have had planning meetings at Knocknamoe
Castle on the outskirts of Omagh.
Do you remember the GIs when they were in Tyrone training
for D Day? Do you know anything about the planning meetings
at Knocknamoe Castle? Share your memories, reply to
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Neagh – The Heady War Years
Lt. Cmd. Sean Moloney, US NAVY -
My father was in the 7th. Army, and was stationed in
southern England. However, he told me about this "place",
in Northern Ireland where he would take liberty with
Growing up in America my dad was always very curious
about the social and political climate in Ulster; now
I know why. I did not learn about this situation till
near his death three years ago, at 81.
Lastly, my dad was shot in the ankle with 10 days to
go in the War. He said he wished he had been shot sooner
as he had " a million dollar wound" meaning:
not enough to cripple you.
By the way...My father was from Derry/Londonderry,
and came to America in 1938. You do not need to be a
citizen to serve in the forces; another story.
Stewart Morrow - February '05
Was this the range in use by the T.A. in the early fifties
for mortar and machine gun practice?
Read more about The
GIs in Omagh here.