The Unangan People
Master seafarers, superb artists, accomplished surgeons, and skilled hunters. The Unangan people have not only survived the fierce weather of the Bering Sea for over 10,000 years, they have thrived there, building a sophisticated culture interwoven with their unique environment. Find out more about the Unangan people: their fascinating prehistory and history, as well as the terrible challenges they have faced and the obstacles they have overcome.
Their most deadly enemy was the weather. Trapped at the edge of the world, the pilots of the Aleutian Campaign went out into the treacherous Aleutian skies repeatedly, flying thousands of miles to take the fight to the Japanese. Many flew into fog banks and mountainsides, never to return. Find out more about these brave men, their terrifying ordeals, their earthy humor, and sometimes tragic stories.
Did You Know?
A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.