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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Al Weber

Growing up in Jersey City as a child of the depression Al Weber says there wasn’t always a lot to eat. He joined the Coast Guard in 1935 to get three squares a day and put some weight on his thin frame. He worked for North American aircraft, the Bakersfield Railroad, taught radio skills to bomber pilots at Mather Field, California for the Air Force and then moved on to surveillance with the CIA. Enchanted with the idea of Alaska he used his radio skills to get a start in Alaska. His interest and expertise in radio carried him through a life time of work. Watch his interview to learn more about his contribution to the war effort and his later life in Alaska.

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Did You Know?

A PBY plane surrounded by crew

A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.