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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

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.
 
Composite photo of the Fitzpatricks during WWII and in the mid-2000s.
Courtesy Charles Fitzpatrick
 

Did You Know?

Photograph of Japanese pilots before the raid on Dutch Harbor, 6 June 1942

When the Japanese invaded the islands of Attu and Kiska in June, 1942, it was the first time that an enemy occupied American soil since the War of 1812.