Alaska at War, 1941-1945

The Forgotten War Remembered

Edited by Fern Chandonnet

Edited by Fern Chandonnet

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

474 pages | black and white photos | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 2008
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781602230132 Published September 2007
Over the course of the past two hundred years, only one United States territory has experienced foreign occupation: Alaska. Available for the first time in paperback, Alaska at War brings readers face to face with the North Pacific front in World War II. Wide-ranging essays cover the war as seen by Alaskan eyes, including the Japanese invasion of the Attu and Kiska islands, the effects of the war on Aleutian Islanders, and the American campaign to recover occupied territory. Whether you’re a historian or a novice student interested in this pivotal period of American history, Alaska at War provides fascinating insight into the background, history, and cultural impact of war on the Alaskan homefront.




Georgeanne L Reynolds


            Introduction and Acknowledgments







Dean C. Allard


            Naval Views on the North Pacific before and during the World War II


William A. Jacobs


            American National Strategy in the Asian and Pacific War


M.V. Bezeau


Strategic Cooperation: The Canadian Commitment to the Defense of Alaska in the Second World War

Brian Garfield


            The Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians


Hisashi Takahashi


            The Japanese Campaign in Alaska


Alvin D. Coox


            Reflecting on the Alaska Theater in Pacific War Operations, 1942-1945


Buck Delkettie


            An Alaskan Scout Remembers


William Draper


            A Brush with War


George F. Earle


            Painting with the Tenth Mountain







B.B. Talley and Virginia  M. Talley


            Building Alaska’s Defenses in World War II


Admiral James Russell


            Recollections of Dutch Harbor, Attu, and Kiska in World War II


William S. Hanable


            Theobald Revisited


Fern Chandonnet


            The Recapture of Attu


Alastair Neely


            The First Special Service Force and Canadian Involvement at Kiska


Galen R. Perras


Canada’s Greenlight force and the Invasion of Kiska, 1943

George F. Earle


            Kiska: Birth of a Division


Teruo Nishijima


            Recalling the Battle of Attu


Gary J. Candelaria


            Tin Can at War: The USS “Monaghan” and the War in Alaska


Karl Kaoru Kasukabe


            The Escape of the Japanese Garrison from Kiska


M. Joseph Leahy


            The Coast Guard at War in Alaska


Ralph M. Bartholomew


            The Tenth Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron, Eleventh Army Air Force


Joseph M. May and Harold Steinhoff


            Life of Adak, 1942-1944


Steven M Morrisette


            The Story of Three B-24s, Fairbanks, 1942


            The Man who Walked out of Charley River







Zachary Irwin


            Search and Rescue in the Air Transport Command, 1943-1945


Chris Wooley and Mike Martz


            The Tundra Army: Patriots of Arctic Alaska


Ray Hudson


            Aleuts in Defense of their Homeland







Heath Twichell


            The Wartime Alaska Highway: Boon or Boondoggle?


William R. Hunt and Alex Hunt


            The Wrong Route: Donald MacDonald and the Alaska Highway


Norman Bush


            The Alcan Saga, 1942-1943


Harry Yost


            Snapshots from a Soldier’s Scrapbook


Jane Haigh


Roadside Development along the Alaska Highway: The Impact of World War II on Military Construction on the Alaska Highway Corridor






David A. Hales


            World War II in Alaska: A View from the Diaries of Ernest Gruening


Stephen W. Haycox


            Mining the Federal Government: The War and the All-American City


Bob King


            The Salmon Industry at War


Michael Burwell


            The SS “Northwestern”: The Ship that Always Came Back


Frank Norris


Hollywood, Alaska, and Politics: The Impact of World War II on Films about the North Country

W. Connor Sorensen


            The Civilian Conservation Corp in Alaska and National Preparedness


Helen Butcher


            My Alaska War Years, 1941-1946


Gaye L. Goerig


            The Civilian Population—Seldovia


Timothy Rawson


            World War II through “The Alaska Sportsman” Magazine


Ronald K. Inouye


For Immediate Sale: Tokyo Bathhouse—How World War II Affected Alaska’s Japanese Civilians

Nancy Yaw Davis


            Childhood Memories of the War: Sitka







Lael Morgan


            Race Relations and the Contributions of Minority Troops in Alaska


Charles Hendricks


            A Challenge to the Status Quo?


Sylvia K. Kobayashi


            I Remember What I Want to Forget






Dean Kohlhoff


            ‘It Only Makes My Heart Want to Cry’: How Aleuts Faced the Pain of Evacuation


            The Politics of Restitution


Henry Steward


            Aleuts in Japan, 1942-1945


Marie Matsuno Nash, Office of Sen. Stevens


            An Alaskan Who Was Interned Introduces Remarks by Senator Ted Stevens


Flore Lekanof Sr.


            Aleut Evacuation: Effect on the People







Baker B. Beard


            The Bradley Mission: The Evolution of the Alaska-Siberia Air Route


Daniel L. Haulman


            The Northwest Staging Route


Tat’iana Kosheleva


            The Construction and Use of the Fairanks-Kranoiarsk Air Route, 1942-1945


Alexander B. Dolitsky


            Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease to Russia


David S. Raisman


            The Alaska-Siberia Friendship Route


Richard A. Russell


            The Hula Operation







Larry Murphy and Daniel Lenihan


            Underwater Archeology of the World War II Aleutian Campaign


Charles E. Diters


Attu and Kiska, 2043: How Much of the Past Can the Present Save for the Future?

Linda Cook


            The Landscape of a Landmark: Strategies for Preservation


Barbara S. Smith


            Making it Right: Restitution for Aleut Churches Damaged in World War II


Jack E. Sinclair


Turning the Forgotten into the Remembered: The making of Caines Head State Recreation Area

R. Bruce Parham


Right Before your Eyes: Finding Alaska’s World War II Records in the National Archives






John H. Cloe


            The Legacy of the War


John T. Farquhar


Northern Shield and Drawn Arrow: Alaska’s Role in Air Force Reconnaissance Efforts, 1946-1948

Janice Reeve Ogle


            The Air Route Nobody Wanted: Reeve Aleutian Airways


Leo J. Hannan


A Legacy of World Warf II: Alaska Territorial Guard/Alaska State Guard

Gwynneth Gminder Wilson


            A Well-Kept Secret


John Cloe, Elmer Freeman, and Lael Morgan


            Writing about the War




R. Bruce Parham


            Selected bibliography








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