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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?

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.