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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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.

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Visitor Center Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area Visitor Center. Works best with a touch pad style mouse.

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NEW! Williwaw Newsletter: Flight Edition

Stories of pilots and planes from the homefront to the frontlines as the Allies struggled to achieve – and then maintain – air superiority.

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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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Story of the Month: Aerographers

Battles have been won or lost due to various weather conditions. Explore recollections from men who served as Aerographer’s Mates.

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The Lost Villages

Biorka, Kashega, and Makushin, three villages surviving centuries of change only to disappear during World War II.

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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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Explore objects, memoirs, training material, and newspapers from the collections.

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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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Written Memoirs

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

Last updated: July 21, 2021

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