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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?

A Rommel stake

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.