Personal Experiences from WWII

Available here are stories from the War in the Aleutians, in the photos, memories, and interviews of its participants.

This collection is grouped based on the roles people had during the war. Browse different branches of the military; civilians and the war effort on the home front; and Native Unangax̂ (Aleuts) who witnessed their homeland caught up in the war.

  • a woman looks at a glass object at a laboratory desk

    The Home Front

    Learn more about folks supporting the war effort on the home front. Listen to interviews, browse photos, or read written memoirs.

  • a town along a beach with a large russian church on the far left

    Alaska Native Experiences

    When WWII broke out the Unangax̂ and Aleut people were caught in the crosshairs. Many were relocated. Learn more through these interviews.

  • Logo with eagle and anchor around a globe. Text reads United States Marine Corps

    United States Marine Corps

    Interviews and stories from veterans of the US Marine Corps in Alaska during WWII.

  • A man stands on a hill above a treeless river valley and distant buildings

    US Navy Veterans

    Dozens of US Navy veterans recall their time serving during World War II in the Aleutian Islands. Photos, interviews, & memoirs.

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    US Army & Army Air Corps Veterans

    Medics, pilots, engineers, musicians, and more. Explore dozens of interviews, profiles, and photos from the US Army.

  • Three rows of uniformed sailors in front of a submarine
    Semper Paratus

    US Coast Guard Veterans

    Dive into personal experiences of USCG veterans who served in WWII in Alaska.

  • a logo of an eagle, anchor, and crossed swords surrounded by maple leaves with a crown on top

    Canadian Forces

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


Seeking Information

William Jasura - The family of Mr. Jasura is looking for information on his service during WWII in the Aleutians. Lloyd Keyes Greenamyer - Lt. Cmdr Greenamyer lost his life in battle and was awarded the Navy Cross. His family seeks information on his life and service.


Last updated: December 6, 2020

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