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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Al Gentle

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.
 
composite image of Al Gentle from the 1940s, in uniform, and in more recent years
Courtesy Gentle
 

 

 

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.

 
multi-generational family surrounding two elderly individuals with signs and balloons
Al Gentle's family celebrates his experiences in WWII during an 'Honor Flight'
Photo courtesy Al Gentle

Did You Know?

A Rommel stake

Anticipating a ground assault by the Japanese, the US military placed anti-personnel stakes in the ground on Amaknak Island during World War II. These stakes are made of iron, are very sharp and measure between 4 inches to 4 feet high.