Melvin C Mickelson
Melvin Mickelson was living in Cadillac, Michigan when the war began. He married and joined the army in 1942 and was assigned to the Medical Detached Service Command Unit 1493 and sent to the Aleutians. He wouldn’t return to his home state and his wife for more than 3 years. Before his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s and his eventual passing, Mel told his family stories of the Aleutians: about the evacuation of local people from the island, about counting planes as they went out each day and then again when they returned to the island to see if any had been lost. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his service. Mel’s collection of photos generously donated by his daughter provide insight into Mel’s service history and life during the WWII era.
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.