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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The Lost Villages

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

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New Edition of the Williwaw!

Hot off the presses--the September 2023 edition of the Williwaw! Discover stories related to the Aleutian Campaign.

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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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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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Story of the Month: The Adakian

Learn about The Adakian newspaper, edited by Dashiell Hammett while he was stationed in the Aleutians during World War II.

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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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Canadian Forces

Explore stories from Canadian Forces service members who worked alongside Americans in the Aleutians.

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Be a Junior Ranger!

If you love history, cultures or far-away places, you need to check out the Aleutian World War II Junior Ranger program.

Last updated: September 29, 2023

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