Battle for the Aleutians

During World War II the remote Aleutian Islands, home to the Unangan (Aleut) people for over 8,000 years, became a fiercely contested battleground in the Pacific. This thousand-mile-long archipelago saw invasion by Japanese forces, the only American soil occupied in the war; a mass internment of American civilians; a 15-month air war; and one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific Theater.

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An American GI takes cover from Japanese snipers on Attu, May 1943.

The Aleutian Campaign

The Aleutian Campaign claimed thousands of lives and culminated in one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific.

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Mary Prokopeuff of Atka in 1945.

Unangax (Aleut) Evacuation and Internment

In a tragic and shameful episode, the U.S. government forcibly removed nearly 900 Unangax (Aleut) people from their homes in 1942.

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View from Mt Ballyhoo, Amaknak Island

Birthplace of Winds, Cradle of Storms

On the map, the Aleutian archipelago appears as a series of stepping stones stretching from Alaska to Siberia.

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