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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

People

A man and woman from Unalaska Island, circa 1816.

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.

 
54th Fighter Squadron preflight briefing

Aleutian Airmen

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.

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