• Image of four aviators at leisure, playing cribbage

    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Wilbur Green

Wilbur (Bill) Green captained a patrol boat in the Aleutians during World War II. They primarily served to rescue downed airmen, and Bill recalls with pleasure how effectively his crew - largely young men raised as fishermen - handled their vessel even in the rough conditions of the North Pacific.

 
man in a chair
Bill Green, from an interview in 2012
NPS Photo
 

 

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.