THE IRISH IN WWII

Some of the Irish Soldiers Who Gave Their Lives in Europe

The Irish-born soldiers listed below all died during World War II while on active service with the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe. They were initially interred in various U.S. military cemeteries on the Continent. After the War, their remains were returned to Ireland for reinterment at the request of their next-of-kin. In 1948 and 1949, U.S. military aircraft repatriated the remains to Collinstown Airport, Dublin. Each casket, draped in the Stars and Stripes, was accompanied by a U.S. Army escort. 

At the airport, the Irish and American flags flew at half-mast as representatives of the U.S. Legation and Ireland's Department of External Affairs officially received the remains. Irish Army chaplains presided over religious services. The Irish Army rendered full military honours. Army buglers sounded "The Last Post" and "Reveille." The individual caskets, each accompanied by a U.S. escort, were then placed on Irish Army lorries for transport to railway stations and removal to the home parishes of the deceased.

U.S. Military

NAME RANK, 
BRANCH OF SERVICE & SERIAL NUMBER

ADDRESS & NAME OF NEXT OF KIN

DATE OF REPATRIATION & PLACE OF PREVIOUS BURIAL

JOSEPH P. CARMODY

Technician, U.S. Army

NEWMARKET, CO. CORK

James Carmody, Father 
 Woodside, New York

JUL 5, 1949
PATRICK J. COMER

PFC, U.S. Army 32003268

GORTGAROO, CLONBURN, BALLLINASLOE, CO. GALWAY

Thomas Comer, Father

OCT 6, 1948

Military Cemetery Maastricht, Holland

FRANK J. FINNERTY

PVT, U.S. Army 32244172

COLMANSTOWN, BALLINASLOE, CO. GALWAY

Bridget Finnerty, Mother

OCT 6, 1948

Military Cemetery, Maastricht, Holland

PATRICK J. FITZGERALD

PVT, U.S. Army 32345286

PATRICKSWELL, CO. LIMERICK

Thomas Fitzgerald, Father

OCT 7, 1948

Military Cemetery, Maastricht, Holland

MARTIN J. KELLY

PVT, U.S. ARMY

DERRY, MAURICE MILLS, CO. CLARE

Patrick Kelly, Uncle

JUL 5, 1949
JAMES KEVANE 

PVT, U.S. Army

MAUME, BALLYBEG, VENTRY, DINGLE, CO. KERRY

Michael Kevane, Father

JUL 5, 1949
MICHAEL J. LYONS

PFC, U.S. Army 33777017

SHANKILL, POLES, CO.CAVAN

John Lyons, Brother

OCT 7, 1948

Military Cemetery, Maastricht, Holland

THOMAS McARDLE

SGT, U.S. Army

FALMORE, DUNDALK, CO. LOUTH

Bridget McArdle, Mother

JUL 5, 1949
PATRICK J. McDONAGH

PFC, U.S. Army 35305527

WESTPORT, CO. MAYO

Sarah McDonagh, Mother

OCT 6, 1948

Military Cemetery, Maastricht, Holland

EDWARD J. McKEON

1/LT, U.S. Army

BOYLE, CO. ROSCOMMON

Rose C. McKeon, Mother

JUL 5, 1949
THOMAS MOLONEY

PVT, U.S. Army

LISSANY, KILCONLY, TUAM, CO. GALWAY

Mary Moloney, Mother

JUL 5, 1949

 

THOMAS MORAN

S/SGT, U.S. Army 32112918

LISNAGROBY, BALLINLOUGH, CO. ROSCOMMON

Mary Moran, Mother

OCT 7, 1948

Military Cemetery, Maastricht, Holland

PATRICK J. MORRIS

PVT, U.S. Army 36375586

KILTOOM. ATHLONE, CO. ROSCOMMON

Mary L. Morris, Mother

OCT 6, 1948

Military Cemetery, Maastricht, Holland

THOMAS J. MORRISROE

PFC, U.S. Army

CORTOON BEG, TIBOHINE, FRENCHPARK, CO. ROSCOMMON

John Morrisroe, Father

JUL 5, 1949
THOMAS O'BRIEN

PVT, U.S. Army

EDEN, KNOCK, CLAREMORRIS, CO. MAYO

James O'Brien, Father

JUL 5, 1949
M. J. O'SHAUGHNESSY

SGT, U.S. Army

CAMP ST., OUGHTERARD, CO. GALWAY

Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Father

JUL 5, 1949
JOHN O'SHEA

SGT, U.S. Army

CASTLEGREGORY, CO. KERRY

Catherine O'Shea, Mother

JUL 5, 1949
EDWARD SMITH

SGT, U.S. Army

GLENMORE, BALLINAMUCK, CO. LONGFORD

Mary Anne Smith, Mother

JUL 5, 1949

 

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