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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Craig Stolze

Craig Stolze served in the Alaska during World War II as part of the 39th Air Depot Repair Squadron from 1943 to 1945. He was one of the crews that trained for the desert and were sent to Alaska in desert gear! He is one of six boys in his family (of seven children) that served in the Army Air Corp during World War II (sister Lois married a B-17 pilot!): Craig, Lowell, Harry, Ralph, Robert, and Roger.

Following the war Craig became a sports writer and was the only person named South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year four consecutive years. His accomplishments are too numerous to list but here are a few:

  • Sports editor at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader for 10 years (1953-63). While there started the Associated Press basketball polls, an Ace of the Week award and a "Game of the Week" for high school sports.
  • Was named the state's Sportswriter of the Year the first four years the award was given (1959-62).
  • For various news agencies he covered 10 Super Bowls, many World Series, track (national AAU meet,) all the major college football games and bowls, boxing (Ali-Frazier, Larry Holmes, Sugar Ray Leonard), golf (US Open, Masters, PGA, LPGS tourneys) and auto racing (Indy 500, Daytona 500).
  • Covered the Buffalo Bills for 14 years, including the O.J. Simpson years.

    Learn more below about the remarkable accomplishments of the Stolze family below.
 
craig stolze in bomber jacket, in front of a brown building
Courtesy Craig Stolze
 

Writings

In his own words, learn about Craig's introduction to Alaska; his feelings on being posted to a little-known area of the Pacific Theater; and his description of the service record of his family.

Craig's brother, Lowell, served mainly in Europe and kept a thorough log of bombing missions.

 

Did You Know?

Photograph of Japanese pilots before the raid on Dutch Harbor, 6 June 1942

When the Japanese invaded the islands of Attu and Kiska in June, 1942, it was the first time that an enemy occupied American soil since the War of 1812.