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Thu 3 Jan 2013 19:30 BBC Radio Ulster

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 June 2012

Seventy years after WW II, Anne Marie McAleese explores the impact 300,000 American GIs had on Northern Ireland's communities and landscapes.

  • The Marine Room

    The Marine Room

    A Western Union Telegram sent by Marine Colonel James Dougan from his Derry base, back home to his family in the States in 1942. It is part of the archive kept at in the Marine Room at the Beech Hill Hotel which was home to 500 US Marines during WW2.

  • Ruby Jordan

    Ruby Jordan

    Anne Marie meets Ruby Jordan. Ruby was 15 when the American GIs arrived in Derry and used to dance with them in the thriving dance halls around the city.

  • Jitterbug Days

    Jitterbug Days

    Portstewart women Irene Burke, pictured on the left, and Frances Hayes chat about how the GIs transformed the war-time North Coast with Sunday concerts and the Jitterbug.

  • Soldiers On Parade

    Soldiers On Parade

    GI Teddy Dixon with Jonie Graham from the Wartime Living History Association admiring the authentic WW2 US military Jeep at the GIs On Parade event, at Springhill, in Moneymore.

  • Teddy Dixon

    Teddy Dixon

    Anne Marie meets GI Teddy Dixon. Born in New York, Teddy moved back to Belfast with his family when he was five. At the age of 22, he signed up to the US Army while they were stationed in Northern Ireland.

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