• Image of four aviators at leisure, playing cribbage

    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Donald W Stobbs

Donald Stobbs was one of five in the family who served in World War II. He was trained as a Navy pilot and assigned to VPB-135 but as the war drew to a close pilots weren't in as high demand. He was retrained and served as a navigator on a PV-2 flying missions off Attu in the Aleutians. Through Donald's hand-written memoir and photos you can learn about his training experiences, troubles and life on the Aleutian chain.

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.