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December 16, 1943: American troops, stationed all over Northern Ireland, established a base at Lisgoole Abbey outside Enniskillen in County Fermanagh. The 8th Medical Battalion (minus Companies A and B) (8th Infantry Division) arrived on December 16, 1943.

The 8th Infantry Division was activated on July 1, 1940 and shipped to Ireland on December 5, 1943.  Elements of the Division arrived on continental Europe on July 4, 1944 via Utah Beach.  The entire division arrived in Europe on July 8.

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