During World War II the remote Aleutian Islands, home to the Unangax̂ (Aleut) people for over 8,000 years, became a fiercely contested battleground in the Pacific. This thousand-mile-long archipelago saw invasion by Japanese forces, the occupation of two islands; a mass relocation of Unangax̂ civilians; a 15-month air war; and one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific Theater. Read More
Battle for the Aleutians
Story of the Month: Thomas Erickson
Errol Flynn stealing a fox, barely making it home from a mission with fuel, a MIA friend are just some of Thomas Erickson's war adventures.
The Lost Villages
Biorka, Kashega, and Makushin, three villages surviving centuries of change only to disappear during World War II.
Unangax̂ (Aleut) Evacuation & Internment
In a tragic and shameful episode, the U.S. government forcibly removed nearly 900 Unangax̂ (Aleut) people from their homes in 1942.
Stories of the Aleutians
Learn what life was like in the Aleutian Islands during World War II through interviews, photos, and more.
Last updated: April 1, 2019