Battle for the Aleutians

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

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NEW! Virtual Tour of Ft. Schwatka

Take a virtual tour of Fort Schwatka and Battery 402. Link goes to YouTube video produced by NPS and Ounalashka Corporation.

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Aleutian Servicemen

The pilots, sailors, and soldiers of the Aleutian Campaign went out into the treacherous Aleutian waters and skies. Discover their stories.

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Unangax̂ Interviews

When WWII broke out the Unangax̂ and Aleut people were caught in the crosshairs. Many were relocated. Learn more through these interviews.

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NEW EDITION: Williwaw Newsletter

The Medical Issue of the Aleutian WWII National Historic Area's quarterly newsletter.

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Maps of Forcible Removal

In the story of the Aleutians theater during World War II, there is a central theme - people being forcibly removed from their homes.

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Story of the Month: Charles House

Discover the story of Charles House who survived alone for 50 days in the Alaskan tundra before surrendering and becoming a prisoner-of-war.

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Written Memoirs

Reflecting on their experiences later in life, some of the Aleutian veterans have written about their time in the military and Alaska.

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Military Forces Photo Albums

Photo albums of Aleutian Islands squadron crews, weapons, and memorabilia.

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The Iron Ring

Explore the strategic forts and outposts of the Aleutian Islands during World War II.

Last updated: September 30, 2020

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