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 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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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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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: PT Boats of WWII

PT (Patrol, Torpedo) Boats were essential to the Allied success of World War II. Some played a role in Aleutian battles, as well.

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NEW! Williwaw Newsletter: Profiles

Explore the profiles of men and women, American and Japanese, who experienced World War II in the Aleutian Islands.

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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.

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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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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.

Last updated: May 4, 2022

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