Al Gentle joined the US Navy in 1941 in Birmingham Alabama and served significant time at NTS Norfolk, VA, NTS San Diego, CA, NAS Alameda, CA, and at Adak, Attu and Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. He was discharged in 1946. During his tour he received the America Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with star, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Read Al's remembrance of Pearl Harbor and his introduction to World War II.
Download a complete transcript Al Gentle's interview from February, 2011.
Al Gentle also saved a number of editions of the Harbor News, a newspaper published roughly each week in the Aleutian Islands for servicemen to keep abreast of the larger war effort.
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.