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The Aleutian Islands: WWII's Unknown Campaign, Experiencing War, Stories from the Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
The history of World War II is populated with battles and place names that have become legendary: Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa. Less familiar are Adak, Attu, and Kiska. They are part of the story of the Aleutian Campaign, in which thousands of American soldiers fought against Japanese forces that had invaded islands off the coast of Alaska, then an American territory. Beginning in June 1942 and lasting through July 1943, American forces struggled to take control of Attu and Kiska. Not only did they confront the Japanese, but they also battled another enemy: the unforgiving climate and weather of the islands. Despite the dramatic environment in which they served, and their successful defense of American soil, their stories have largely disappeared from the collective memory of the war. Currently, the Veterans History Project holds over 500 stories of veterans of the Aleutian Campaign, and hopes to add many more to the collection, in order to best tell the story of World War II's "unknown campaign." [read news release]
Image: Howard BernsteinHoward Bernstein
NAVY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Clifton DavisClifton Davis
NAVY
World War II

Audio Interview, Photos, Official Documents
Image: Wilkins A. DixonWilkins A. Dixon
ARMY
World War II


Audio Interview
Image: Jaden J. Kim Dean E. Galles
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: James Alvin JollyJames Alvin Jolly
MERCHANT MARINE
World War II

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Image: Henry A. LesaHenry A. Lesa
NAVY
World War II


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Image: Raymond Leon LippmanRaymond L. Lippman
ARMY
World War II

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Image: Earl William LongEarl William Long
NAVY
World War II

Audio Interview, Photos, Memoir
Image: Paul Edward PleshaPaul Edward Plesha
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
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