Katie and Robert Dougal
When WWII broke out in Europe, Robert Dougal volunteered to join the British forces but at age 27 he was too old. He joined the Army and wanted to become a pilot but again he was too old. However, he was not too old for radio school.
He remembers installing the first radar on Kiska, just how unprepared they were for living on Kiska and what the Japanese forgot in their hurried exit. He also remembers soldier who got lost on his way to the latrine and froze to death.
Katie Dougal was a war bride who worked and volunteered while her husband was serving in the military. Volunteering twice a week with the double amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center she saw the pain and devastation of war.
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.