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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Harrel Chancellor

Landing at Dutch Harbor on June 2, 1942 Harrel Chancellor would witness first-hand the bombing of Dutch Harbor as part of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 137th Infantry Division. He and his men would be shot at and trapped in fox holes during the raid and watch as barracks, oil tanks, ships and planes were targeted by Japanese planes.

Read Harrel’s account of the two-day event.

Did You Know?

Image of floor tiles with acronym ALSEC

At Dutch Harbor, some Marines enjoyed the Bachelor Officers Quarters (BOQ) of the Naval Operating Base. The BOQ was the officers' club, holding a long bar, nice lounge area and fire place. In the center of the floor laid a terrazzo symbol of the Alaskan Sector Command (ALSEC). This terrazzo symbol was designed by Armand Rizan, and was laid in 1943. Today, it is located at the Museum of the Aleutians.