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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Harry Suomi

He served as torpedo man on the USS Finback, USS Fulton, USS Chub and USS George Washington in the Aleutian Islands, South Pacific, Philippines and China Sea. On watch at the helm Harry watched as a Japanese plane hurtled towards the sub intent on blowing them out of the water. After 20 years at sea Harry retired from the Navy and went to work for the Electric Boat Division of and rode boats out of the Cape Canaveral for 23 years.

In an interview with George Herold, Harry recalls the missions he was engaged in during the war, fear of depth charges, taking prisoners on board the sub, life on a submarine for months at a time and more. To learn more, listen to his interview, below. Download a full transcript of Harry and George's interview.
 

Did You Know?

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The Ounalashka Corporation was established in 1973 as the Alaska Village Corporation for Unalaska. This corporation was one of many Native Alaskan corporations that were formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.