Charles and Betty Fitzpatrick
Charles L. Fitzpatrick was a Naval aviator in a PV-1 Ventura with VPB-136, Fleet Air Wing 4 during WWII. He flew bombing missions from Attu to the Kurile Islands. Read Charles' memoirs to find out more about his experiences in the Aleutians including a March 1945 ditching off Kodiak and subsequent rescue by Missionary Steven Zdepski and the people of the town of Karluk, Alaska. Learn more about Mr. Fitzpatrick, the war in the Aleutians and find shipmates at vpnavy.org.
Charles and Betty Fitzpatrick were instrumental in having the Aleutian Campaign recognized on the Navy/Marine football stadium wall at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. What a wonderful way to recognize those who served and a reminder to future generations of a piece of history we should not forget - the Forgotten War.
Did You Know?
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.