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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Williwaw Newsletter: 80th Anniversary

Learn about the 80th Anniversary of the bombing of Dutch Harbor and Battle of Attu, as well as other stories from the Aleutians.

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Battle of Attu: 60 Years Later

Lasting 18 days, the Battle of Attu was one of the deadliest battles of World War II, but it remains one of the least well-known.

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Bombing of Dutch Harbor

Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese aircraft struck at U.S. Army and Navy installations at Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island.

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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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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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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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Attu, A Lost Village of the Aleutians

The residents of Attu, the most remote Aleutian village, had a different and especially tragic wartime experience.

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The Beginning of Memory

The following oral histories provide many details about life in Makushin, Kashega, & Biorka as remembered by people who were children then.

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Unangax̂ (Aleut) Experience

During and after the war the Unangax̂ faced new challenges including imprisonment, relocation, and loss of their ancestral villages.

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Story of the Month: Floristic Changes

Scientists researching plants in the Aleutian Islands learn about the impacts of humans, invasive species, and climate change.

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The Iron Ring

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

Last updated: May 21, 2023

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