As part of the "Beginning of Memory Project," Ray Hudson conducted interviews with Aleuts who were forced to evacuate from their homes during World War II. Many of the evacuees from the Aleutians faced years away from their childhood homes, sometimes in deplorable camps. Many communities - the "Lost Villages" - were never resettled.
Eva Tcheripanoff (nee Kudrin) was born in Kashega in 1928 and continued to live there until evacuation during WWII. After the war she married John Tcheripanoff of Akutan and soon afterwards settled in Unalaska.
Download a full transcript of Eva's interview.
Did You Know?
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.