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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Jeanne Finnegan

Jeanne lived in the northeastern United States when the war began. She had just graduated from Queen’s College and was able to find a job at Ranger Aircraft Engines in New York, a factory affiliated with Fairchild Aircraft Company. She recalls the nation’s sentiment as the war began, the extended depression through the war and what it was like to work for the aircraft industry. She also recalls stories of her husband’s service in the Aleutian Islands during the war and adaptation to marriage and life post war for her and her extended family. Listen to Jeanne’s interview below to learn more about the home front during the WWII.

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Did You Know?

USFWS photo of a pair of whiskered auklets on Unalaska Island

The waters around Unalaska Island are one of the few places in the world to find the rare whiskered auklet.