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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Kenneth "Ray" Skinner

Kenneth “Ray” Skinner grew up on a 100 acre farm in Louisiana. In 1942 he decided to take the Navy up on their promise to “Join the Navy and see the world.” His chosen profession was machinist but the Navy had another plan for him and he wound up being trained as a radioman. He served three tours of duty in the Aleutians during World War II as part of VP-41, VP-61 and VP-62 and flew in the PBY-5A. His interview occurred in 2007.

Ray Skinner and two fish he caught
Kenneth "Ray" Skinner
courtesy ray skinner

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.