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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Robert Ingram

Robert Ingram signed up for work with Siems Drake Puget Sound Construction and landed in Dutch Harbor where he worked on building the military installation while living on board the grounded steamship Northwestern. He survived the bombing of Dutch Harbor and the chaos that ensued immediately following the attack. When civilian workers were replaced in the Aleutians with Seabees Bob joined the US Navy and built prostheses for men injured in the war. Watch Bob’s interview and learn more about his life in the Aleutians and how the war physically and spiritually affected Dutch Harbor.
 
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Robert Ingram, in 2012
Courtesy Robert Ingram
 
 

 

Did You Know?

A PBY plane surrounded by crew

A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.