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 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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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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Story of the Month: Coast Guard Veterans

Explore the stories of two US Coast Guard Veterans who served in the Aleutian Islands: Al Weber and David Hendrickson.

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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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Military Impacts on an Island Ecosystem

Military activities left a legacy of contamination, but the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge works to protect the island ecosystem.

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Williwaw Newsletter Series

All the issues of the Williwaw Newsletter in one place!

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

Last updated: April 10, 2021

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