Display to be unveiled honouring Devil’s Brigade members

Nancy MacPhee nmacphee@journalpioneer.com
Published on January 28, 2014
Greg Deighan and George Dalton look over a storyboard featuring local members of the Devil’s Brigade, including Deighan’s brother, Charlie.
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SUMMERSIDE — They were called the First Special Service Force, dubbed the Black Devils.

On Saturday, during a special ceremony at the Queen Charlottetown Armoury in Charlottetown, the P.E.I. Regiment Museum will unveil a new display honouring the Devil’s Brigade.

The display, entitled “Islanders in the Devil’s Brigade — The Prince Edward Island Connection to the First Special Service Force 1942 to 1944” will be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Feb. 1.

There were numerous Islanders, including the late Charlie Deighan of Summerside, who were part of the Second World War military unit, which was made up of Canadian and American soldiers.

Last year, members of the force still living were awarded the prestigious U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest honours the United States Congress can bestow.

The medal is given to “persons that have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.” Other recipients include the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison and Jackie Robinson. 

The Queen Charlotte Armoury is located at 3 Haviland St. in the province’s capital.

For more information, contact 620-3759.

 

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