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.
Nicholai S. Lekanoff was born in Makushin in 1925 and in 1937 moved with his family to Unalaska. He served as an alter boy in Unalaska Village and continued service to the Church of the Holy Ascension throughout his life. After WWII he married Pauline Kudrin of Kashega.
Download a full transcript of Nicholai's interview.
Did You Know?
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.