• Image of four aviators at leisure, playing cribbage

    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Maps

Wind and waves - the forces of nature dominate the Aleutian Islands. This chain of islands is vast, stretching 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) across the North Pacific. Maps are crucial to not only planning a visit to this far-off place, but also to understanding how geography shaped the stories of this campaign in World War II.

 
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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.