The day after his 21st birthday Edward Novak was in the Army and on his way to war. During his service he would be wounded by a Japanese grenade on Attu and recover in a Hawaiian hospital only to be discharged, return to fight on at Kwajalein and suffer another career ending wound. He witnessed the horrors of war and was fortunate to have survived to return home. Learn more about Edward’s battle experiences, Allied tactics and other wartime experiences in the interview below. The interview with Mr. Novak was completed as part of a friend’s school project and graciously donated by his family.
Did You Know?
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.