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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Theodore J Bouchette

WWII-era photo of Theodore Bouchette in uniform at Camp Clatsop

Lt. Ted Bouchette

Courtesy of Mike Bouchette, Sherwood, WI 54169 (Son of Capt. Theodore J. Bouchette)

Captain Theodore J. Bouchette was in Alaska with the 37th Infantry Regiment with service in Kodiak and the Aleutians from Sept 1941-March 1944.

Capt. Bouchette first arrived in Kodiak Alaska in 1941. He later took part in first landings on Adak and Amchitka where he lived in a dugout cave for 18 months. He also served on Attu during the battle where he escaped as one of the few survivors of his regiment following a Japanese kamikaze attack.

Did You Know?

A PBY plane surrounded by crew

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.