Herbert Douglas Gedney, Jr. served in the Army Air Corp during World War II in the Aleutians (Dutch Harbor, Attu and Kiska) with the 11th Air Force from 1941-1943, and in northern France, central Europe and Rhineland as an aerial gunner with the 8th Air Force. He served in the personnel office and as an armorer and turret specialist in Alaska. Herb received 2 battle stars and 3 presidential citations during his service.
Herb’s wife, Lois Reynolds-Gedney, did her part for the war effort as well. Lois worked at the Kaiser Ship Yard and raised their young daughter while Herb served overseas flight duty with the 8th Air Force in Europe.
Introduction, dates served in the Aleutians, enlisting in the Army at 16 ½ years, volunteering for foreign duty in Alaska, squadrons served in under the Army, dates served, commanding officers audio / transcript
Fishing and hunting during time off, learning about the bombing of Pearl Harbor audio / transcript
Learning about the attack on Dutch Harbor while airborne, moving between islands, what he did to contribute to the war effort, decorations received audio / transcript
Daily life in the Aleutians: showers, clothing, housing, good times on the islands: making liquor, having plays, USO shows, pictures he’s sending to NPS audio / transcript
Mail from home as morale booster, learning to write home after father sent a dog musher to go find him, requirement to show the Commanding Officer that he’d written letters home, not knowing what was happening elsewhere in the world audio / transcript
Keeping in touch with Aleutian mates, photo albums, what is remembered about time in the Aleutians audio / transcript