Series: The Williwaw Newsletter

What was medical care like in one of the most remote corners of the world during World War II? How did enlisted men eat and celebrate holidays? Discover almost forgotten stories of people who were in the Battle for the Aleutians. The Williwaw staff welcome stories from veterans and their families! Please email us if you have a memory or story to share about the Aleutian Campaign in a future issue.

  • Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area

    Article 1: Williwaw April-May-June 2020

    Black and white photo of two men in uniform with an airplane

    The Aleutian Islands WWII National Historic Area's new quarterly newsletter. The Williwaw, started by the late Al King, has long been a great way for veterans of the Aleutian Campaign to stay connected. In recent years, Dave Rawlings has served as the editor. Now, we plan to continue the Williwaw as our program newsletter, available digitally and in a print version. Read more

  • Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area

    Article 2: Williwaw July-August-September 2020

    black and white photo of man bending over another man in a hospital bed.

    The fight against COVID-19 has been a real struggle. Our daily lives have changed in ways we never thought possible. As we work to adjust to the new realities facing us at home, school, and at work we, the editors, wanted to take the opportunity to share stories of those medical professionals who kept our boys on the Aleutian Islands fighting fit during World War II. Read more

  • Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area

    Article 3: Williwaw October-November-December 2020

    Black and white photo of men in decorated mess hall.

    The Holiday issue of the Williwaw, a quarterly newsletter from Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area. Read more

  • Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area

    Article 4: Williwaw July-August-September 2021

    Propeller planes parked on runway.

    Air power proved its worth in the Great War (World War I) and was used to great effect in World War II. This edition of The Williwaw highlights some stories of pilots and planes from the homefront to the frontlines as the Allies struggled to achieve – and then maintain – air superiority over the Aleutian Islands. Read more

  • Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area

    Article 5: Williwaw January 2022

    A man points to locations on a map. Other men look on.

    As night fell on the evening of December 7, 1941, the Alaska Territory was on alert, blackouts were instituted, and speculation was rampant. The AP reported that Army officers suggested that the Imperial Japanese Navy might swing by Alaska on a northern route back to their home islands. General Simone Buckner revoked leave for all servicemen to ensure that the Alaska Communications System was fully staffed. Read more