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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Moses Gordieff

As part of the "Beginning of Memory Project," Ray Hudson conducted interviews with Aleuts who were forced to evacuate from their homes during World War II. Many of the evacuees from the Aleutians faced years away from their childhood homes, sometimes in deplorable camps. Many communities - the "Lost Villages" - were never resettled.

Moses Gordieff was born in Unalaska in 1939. He was just 6 years old when he returned to Unalaska following evacuation to Southeastern Alaska during the war. His mother and father, Molly and Peter Lukanin, consented to his adoption by Myria and John Gordieff while at Wrangle after they fell ill with TB and could no longer care for him.

Download a full transcript of Moses' interview.

Did You Know?

Image of floor tiles with acronym ALSEC

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.