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American Troops Leaving for Newfoundland
American Troops Leaving for Newfoundland, ca. 1941

The first American troops bound for Newfoundland board the Edmund B. Alexander in New York. The steamer arrived in St. John’s on January 29, 1941. Although not yet officially involved in the war, the United States had obtained permission to build military bases in Newfoundland as part of its Leased Bases Agreement with Britain.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by the permission of the Maritime History Archive (PF-306.752), Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
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